First lady to tout role of arts education program

WASHINGTON (AP) — The curtain goes up today on the very first White House talent show.

First lady Michelle Obama and the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities are the hosts for the show, which features students from academically poor-performing schools who participate in the committee's Turnaround Arts program.

The committee, along with the White House and the Education Department, created the program as an experiment two years ago in eight elementary and middle schools to test the theory that arts education can help improve student outcomes and create more positive learning environments.

The committee is expected to announce a tripling of the program, to a total of 35 schools this year.


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060-v-34-(Carlotta Bradley, AP correspondent)--Tuesday evening the White House will have its first talent show. AP correspondent Carlotta Bradley reports. (20 May 2014)

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062-c-16-(Carlotta Bradley, AP correspondent)-"Illinois and Minnesota"-AP correspondent Carlotta Bradley officials say he Turnaround Arts program has been so successful it's expected to be expanded. (20 May 2014)

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061-c-16-(Carlotta Bradley, AP correspondent)-"positive learning environments"-AP correspondent Carlotta Bradley reports the first-ever White House talent show will feature acts by students from poor-performing schools that participate in the committee's Turnaround Arts program. (20 May 2014)

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