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State Grant Brings Arts Funding Windfall to School Districts

Last year's state budget set aside $44 million for a one-time grant program to boost student health, technology, and educational opportunities - including the arts.

Beaumont Unified received more than $2.4 million this school year.

"We were able to refocus and say, 'Okay. How do we integrate visual and performing arts activities," Dr. Mathew Barnett, the district's director of TK-12 programs, explained. 

For more about where the funding came from and what schools did with it, read our story on