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By John McAfee
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Margo Lion
Mark O'Donnell, the Tony Award-winning writer behind such quirky and clever Broadway shows as "Hairspray and "Cry-Baby," died Monday, his agent said. He was 58.
Carrie Bradshaw might not be a role model at the elementary school, but the Obama administration hopes Sarah Jessica Parker can be.
Students in high-poverty areas are about 50 percent more likely to have no music or arts classes, said Margo Lion, co-chairwoman of the arts and humanities committee.
"No band, no painting classes, no theater - the things we know get students to come to school and to stay in school," she said. "Arts education has been left out of the equation."