"Let's build a law that discourages a narrowing of curriculum and promotes a well-rounded education tht draws children into the arts and sciences and history in order to build a society distinguished by both intellectual and economic prowess."
-Secretary Arne Duncan, Department of Education
As reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is in progress, the following legislative recommendations have been submitted to Congressional staff for consideration in drafting language for the new bill:
- Maintain the listing of the arts as a core academic subject;
- Improve dissemination of the results of projects funded through the U.S. Department of Education (USED) Arts in Education Programs;
- Require states to annually report the status and condition of arts education; and
- Improve federal data and research regarding arts education. Advocates are beginning the process of further developing the legislative request to include the topics of the teacher workforce, standards and assessments, and data collection.
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