“Every Child Achieves Act a Big Win for Arts Education”
July 16, 2015 – Straight from Americans for the Arts, by a vote of 81-17, the bipartisan bill to reauthorize ESEA has succeeded to ensure access to the arts and arts education within school and outside of school. “…the Senate bill contains 11 arts-friendly provisions and retains the arts as a core academic subject…” The bill also seeks for states to guide education reform; AFTA launched the State Policy Pilot Program in 2014 anticipating this direction, with intense technical support and training for arts educator teams in 10 states, including New Jersey!
US Senate to consider Legislation to reauthorize ESEA after 14 years! US House prepares Final Votes on Education Bill this week!
June 7, 2015 – The Senate Floor is ready to consider the Every Child Achieves Act–the Senate ducation committee’s bipartisan bill on education. The bill was unanimously passed by the education committee and has reached the senate floor for amendments, including arts-friendly amendments. The current bill already contains steps forward for the arts, including retaining the arts as a core academic subject.
Direct from Americans for the Arts (AFTA): “The arts-friendly provisions, if approved, would allow states and school districts to increase support for the arts as a core subject, through after-school programs and extended learning, through grant programs and initiatives designed to support a well-rounded, complete education, especially for disadvantaged students.”
Urge your Senators and Representatives to support arts education during this time of consideration! AFTA has started an email letter for you here. Quick and easy!
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