Blog Posts for arts policy

What does the proposed reauthorization of ESEA mean for Theatre Education?

Posted by Jennifer Katona, Sep 15, 2015 0 comments

One word:  OPPORTUNITY! 

My fellow arts and theatre educators: we stand at the precipice of a very exciting time in Arts Education policy and what better way to celebrate Arts Education week then a call to action!  So let me break it down for you: if you are new to policy I have laid out some context for you below. For those more versed feel free to jump directly to the call to action! 

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ESEA and the National Arts Standards - A Pathway to Artistic Literacy

Posted by Kathi R. Levin, Sep 15, 2015 0 comments

After multiple attempts and years of Congressional deliberations, the summer of 2015 finally realized the passage of two different versions - one from the Senate and one from the House of Representatives - of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). This fall, a conference committee comprised of members of both chambers will possibly finalize a compromise bill, enabling President Obama to sign a new version of ESEA into law. One of the primary components that arts education advocates hope will be in the final legislation is the inclusion of the arts as a core subject. This is something which advocates continue to push heavily for maintaining as an important statement of the value of arts learning in federal policy.

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The Impact of ESEA: Strategic Points of Entry for Effective Advocacy

Posted by Stephanie Milling, Sep 14, 2015 0 comments

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act has a long history in this country of both supporting and threatening the presence of arts education in America’s public education system. Originally created in 1965, the original intentions of ESEA included developing standards of accountability to lessen the achievement gap amongst students from various backgrounds. While the perspectives of how to achieve this endeavor have changed over time to reflect different Congressional administrations, the overarching philosophy has remained consistent: measuring student achievement is a necessary component of school accountability.

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Positive about Progress

Posted by Ms. Heather Noonan, Sep 14, 2015 0 comments

Former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley responded earlier this month, when asked at the Arts Education Partnership forum how education policy advocates should navigate the partisanship sparked by the presidential election cycle: “For crying out loud, think positively!”

So, with a view to heeding Secretary Riley’s excellent and wise advice, here are reasons to be optimistic about progress in advancing arts education policy.

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Defining Moments: The Arts, Core Subjects and YOU!

Posted by Bob Morrison, Sep 14, 2015 0 comments

Advancements in arts education policy and practice never happen by accident. These occur because of the planning and actions of many people and organizations. This is true whether we are speaking of standards, graduation requirements, data gathering, teacher training, addressing issues of equity or the arts place as a core subject. As Congress now reconvenes, a top priority will be a final education bill and with it… the fate of the arts as a core subject. This means that we have reached a moment, once again, that will require the actions of many to ensure that the arts maintain their place as a core subject.

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ESEA Reauthorization – Conference Committee Coming

Posted by Kate McClanahan, Sep 14, 2015 0 comments

August recess, August district work period, August vacation. Whichever phrase you might prefer, Congress is now back in session. That means a return to a tremendous amount of pending work, including the start of a formal conference committee to attempt to write a final bill to reauthorize the long expired Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

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