- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 1, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City is allocating another $23 million for arts education in the upcoming school year.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, Comptroller Scott Stringer and Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina said Tuesday the city will hire another 120 arts teachers.

It also will rehabilitate dilapidated arts facilities in dozens of schools.

The funding is part of the budget approved by the City Council last week. It covers Fiscal Year 2015, which began Monday.

Administration officials say arts funding has been reduced dramatically in recent years. De Blasio says the investment will help children in “school and in life.”

The announcement was made at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

It was accompanied by music from a middle school orchestra.

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