We've been hearing for years about the benefits of arts education in child development.
And the state of California takes that seriously - it requires schools to offer a broad education in the arts.
But at dozens of school districts in Southern California - that's not happening.
KPCC has found that fewer than half of students in these schools get access to music, dance, theater, and visual arts.
Officials say they just can't afford it. KPCC's Mary Plummer has more.