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Arts Eduation and ESEA: Where do the Arts fit in National Education Policy?

National Education Policy you may ask, you didn't know there was one!  Well, after reading the USDOE's A Blueprint for Reform--The Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, it struck me that this was the closest thing we will get to a national education policy. For those hell bent on seeing something like this in the arts realm (national cultural policy), it might not be a bad idea to read this Blueprint.If you haven't yet heard, last week the administration released its plan for the reauthorization of the Elementary … [Read more...]

A Rapidly Growing Concern about Arts Education at the USDOE: Part Two

As part of the president's FY2011 budget request, the range of content and discipline-specific funding programs, including those for arts education, would be streamlined into three new categories: literacy, STEM, "what makes a well rounded education," where presumably arts education would be situated.This is a follow-up to my entry from last week: A Rapidly Growing Concern About Arts Education at the USDOE.So, essentially what would happen here is that many of the current discipline-specific programs, many of which receive line item funding … [Read more...]

The Official USDOE Summary from the ESEA Arts Stakeholders Meeting

This was sent along by the USDOE just yesterday: ESEA Meeting on Arts Education Summary … [Read more...]

The USDOE Consults with the Arts Education Field on NCLB

Okay, we're not using the name NCLB anymore, and you might think this is a bait and switch, but if I used its formal name, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), you might not know what this blog is all about. A couple of weeks ago I blogged about an invitation that was extended to arts education leaders across the nation to meet with the USDOE about ways in which arts education could be supported in the reauthorization of what was formerly know as NCLB.If you want to know more about the history of ESEA, click here.Essentially, ESEA … [Read more...]

Oh NCLB, Where Art Thou?

On January 20th, the USDOE is hosting an information session for arts education constituents concerning the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), otherwise known during the Bush administration as No Child Left Behind.In regards to the arts, I know no one who holds the view that NCLB was anything but bad legislation. In a GAO report last year, it was reported that NCLB led to considerable problems related to equity and access. In other words, the kids who depend on schools the most for a quality education that … [Read more...]

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