Current Trends and News in Arts Education

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June 2015 – The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH) has expanded their Turnaround Arts Initiative, adding five new school districts to their program that uses the arts to turnaround low-performing schools by increasing student engagement.  From celebrities, to public and private funders, the NEA and the US Department of Education, this program has a strong support system.  Check out the full article at:  Turnaround Arts Initiative

Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

April 2015 – The Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor and Pensions) Committee voted unanimously in April to re-authorize the ESEA, protecting arts education in the current version of the bill.  The bill includes art as a “core academic subject” entitling the arts to a slew of federal funding opportunities.  The bill also upheld after school programs which include the arts as extracurricular activities.  Currently, the bill is awaiting approval from the House.  Read the full Americans for the Arts article:  ESEA

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