New York City will allocate another $23 million for arts education in the upcoming school year to hire 120 new teachers and help rehabilitate dilapidated arts facilities in dozens of schools, reports the Associated Press.
The mayor, along with City Comptroller Scott Stringer and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña made the announcement on Tuesday at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.
The funding is part of the budget approved by the City Council last week and covers fiscal year 2015.
Administration officials say arts funding has been reduced dramatically in recent years. Mr. de Blasio says the investment will help children in “school and in life.”