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  • DeAnn Hanisch
    January 17, 2002 ARTS EDUCATION INCLUDED IN ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION ACT o Approximately $7 Million Available On January 8, President Bush signed
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      January 17, 2002


      o Approximately $7 Million Available

      On January 8, President Bush signed into the law the
      biggest overhaul of education law since passage of the
      1965 Elementary and Secondary Education
      Act. The new act, titled No Child Left Behind,
      includes provisions long sought by arts education
      advocates and marks a major victory for arts
      learning. For example, the new act includes a general
      definition of "core academic subjects," which includes
      the arts. That the arts were given
      equal billing with reading, math, science, and other
      disciplines in this definition is a huge improvement
      in national educational policy. This means that
      whenever national education programs (such as teacher
      training, school reform and technology programs are
      targeted to "core academic subjects," the arts
      may be eligible to receive federal funds. Such a
      broad recognition of the arts has never before been
      included in the Elementary and Secondary Education

      For the arts, an important section of the bill is
      "Assistance for Arts Education" (Title V, Section 55).

      * To support systemic education reform by
      strengthening arts education as an integral part of
      the elementary school and secondary school curriculum;
      * To help ensure that all students meet challenging
      state academic content standards and challenging state
      student academic achievement standards
      in the arts; and
      * To support the national effort to enable all
      students to demonstrate competence in the arts.


      Entities eligible for U. S. Department of Education
      grants are defined as state educational agencies,
      local educational agencies, institutions of
      higher education, museums or other cultural
      institutions, and any other public or private
      agencies, institutions, or organizations.


      Funds available under "Assistance for Arts Education"
      may be used for projects that include:
      * Research on arts education.
      * Planning, developing, acquiring, expanding,
      improving, or disseminating information about model
      school-based arts education programs.
      * Development of model state arts education
      assessments based on state academic achievement
      * Development and implementation of curriculum
      frameworks for arts education.
      * Development of model inservice professional
      development programs for arts educators and other
      instructional staff.
      * Supporting collaborative activities with federal
      agencies or institutions involved in arts education,
      arts educators, and organizations representing
      the arts, including state and local arts agencies
      involved in arts education.
      * Supporting model projects and programs in the
      performing arts for children and youth through
      arrangements made with the John F.Kennedy Center for
      the Performing Arts.
      * Supporting model projects and programs by Very
      Special Arts which assure the participation in
      mainstream settings in arts and education programs
      of individuals with disabilities.
      * Supporting model projects and programs to integrate
      arts education into the regular elementary school and
      secondary school curriculum.


      However, there are still significant challenges. The
      authorization bill gives increasing authority to state
      education agencies to determine how federal
      funds are spent. Also, schools will now be required to
      test students in grades three through eight every year
      in math and reading, with low-performing schools
      facing serious penalties. The high-stakes
      emphasis on reading and math may create a challenge
      for arts educators. With these changes in place, it
      will be more important than ever that arts
      education advocates work with education policymakers
      at the local and state levels to take advantage of new
      federal opportunities.

      You may access the "No Child Left Behind" Act and
      peruse the specific sections that pertain to arts
      education mentioned above at

      You are also encouraged to pass on this important
      information to teachers, administrators, parents,
      community members, and all other stakeholders
      in education

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