The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) introduces several new funding streams that states and districts can use to improve schools, including 12 that could be used to support arts integration. But in order to access those funding streams, education agencies must cite evidence demonstrating that the efforts they propose can, in fact, improve student achievement.
Arts Education Grantmakers in the Arts is committed to ensuring that all students have access to quality arts education. Research shows that access to arts education supports higher graduation rates, social and emotional development, civic engagement, and future arts participation. Yet low income students and students of color continue to lack access to everyday instruction in the arts while in school. GIA provides information, training, research, and other resources to support arts education funders in furthering their work and the field as a whole.
The Wallace Foundation has published a case study examining efforts to introduce high-quality after school art programs at Boys and Girls Clubs in the Midwest:
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law on December 10, 2015, reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) which funds Title I, Title II, and Title IV, etc. Under ESSA, states and local education agencies can utilize federal education resources to support and enhance arts education funding based on local needs. One key element of ESSA implementation is the development of state accountability plans to be submitted to the US Department of Education (ED).
This morning, the US Department of Education (ED) released its final regulation on state plans and accountability for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The final rule includes the term “arts” along with “music” among the list of well-rounded education activities/strategies (on page 379). As you remember, we had concerns that in this regulation the term “arts” was not listed among while “music” was listed.
A tax to fund arts education in Portland, Oregon has recently come up against legal and administrative challenges, as reported by Artsy:
Music celebrity Chance the Rapper is partnering with arts education advocacy group Ingenuity to fund arts education in response to budget cuts in Chicago Public Schools. ABC reports:
The Walton Family Foundation has made a $120 million gift to the University of Arkansas to establish its School of Art with an interdisciplinary approach to learning. A letter from Alice Walton explains:
The Arts Education Partnership has shared the results of a successful effort to expand the use of Title I funds for arts education in more than 40 schools California. The initiative by the California Alliance for Arts Education has worked “to support schools and districts in embracing the arts among their strategies for achieving Title I goals and realizing the benefits of arts education for students evidenced in arts education research.”