James Rappaport in the Boston Globe points out this:
The Commonwealth has the weakest arts education requirements of all the New England states, several of which have specified high school graduation requirements in the arts. In many Massachusetts school districts, including Springfield and Boston, there are students who graduate from high school without ever having a single arts course taught by a licensed arts educator.
I'll say we're the weakest. We are, at least, years behind the State of Rhode Island. The Governor of the Ocean State recentley mandated that public schools start hiring arts teachers.