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Study Says Art Boosts Academic Achievement For Disadvantaged Youth

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Low-income students who are involved in the arts have higher academic achievement and are more likely to go to college, according to a new study.

The research by the National Endowment for the Arts mirrors findings of other federal research showing arts education can have a significant impact for disadvantaged youth.

Scientists looked at Department of Education data tracking teens and young adults who had a history of arts involvement and those who had little engagement with the arts. In academics, eighth graders who had high arts engagement through elementary school showed higher test scores in both science and writing.

The study also found at-risk students who have access to the arts tend to have better workforce goals and opportunities and more civic engagement.

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The new novel reveals sharp observations and a great, sprawling story. But critic Roxane Gay says the book gets bogged down with absurdly-drawn characters and misfired critiques of modern life.
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Europe's Ongoing Migrant And Refugee Crisis And The Future Of Open Borders

The Austria-Hungary border has become the latest pressure point in Europe's ongoing migrant crisis. An update on the huge influx of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa and the future of open borders within the E.U.

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Environmental Outlook: How to Build Smarter Transportation And More Livable Cities

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