Failing Schools Arts

Students stand in line at the Martin Luther King Jr. School Monday, April 23, 2012, in Portland, Ore. Sarah Jessica Parker, Kerry Washington and Forest Whitaker are adopting some of the nation's worst-performing schools and pledging Monday to help the Obama administration turn them around by integrating arts education. The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities will announce a new Turnaround Arts initiative as a pilot project for eight schools with officials from the White House and U.S. Department of Education. The schools selected for the project are in both urban and rural areas. They are in New Orleans; Denver; Boston; Washington; Des Moines, Iowa; Portland, Ore.; Bridgeport, Conn.; and Lame Deer, Mont. The Martin Luther King Jr. School in Portland, also known as the King School, is among those chosen for the program. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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