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 Arts Education Funders Coalition K-12 Education Policy Agenda has been revised and is now available online.
The revision includes the addition of the section "School-wide programs and target assistance—using Title I funds for arts education".
This report provides a quick overview of the issues Congress must address before the end of 2012:
- Budget and Appropriations
- Reauthorization of ESEA
- ESEA Waivers
- Race to the Top
- House and Senate FY2013 Appropriations
The Republican party has released its official platform for the convention being held in Tampa, Florida. The planks on education include the sections:
- Education: A Chance for Every Child
- Attaining Academic Excellence for All
- Consumer Choice in Education
- Improving Our Nation’s Classrooms
- Addressing Rising College Costs
The U.S. Department of Education announced on July 31 the award of more than $1.2 million in grants to school districts in California, Florida, Nevada and New York to train arts educators serving high-poverty schools.
Under the Arts in Education-Professional Development for Arts Educators program, the funds will support high-quality model training programs in elementary and secondary education for music, dance, drama, media arts, or visual arts. The grants are especially targeted at schools with students from low-income backgrounds.
From Eric Wasson at The Hill:
SUBJECT: Summary of House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education hearing
“Education Reforms: Discussing the Value of Alternative Teacher Certification Programs”