Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Call to Action: Arts Education Moves Forward in House

The House Education Committee voted favorable this afternoon for a Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 66 that would direct the State Board of Education to appoint a task force to create a comprehensive arts education development plan for the public schools.  

The House Education Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 66 must be heard by the full House, possibly as early as this week.  

Please contact your Representative no later than Wednesday at 5pm.  Once the House approves, the House Education Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 66 must be sent back to the Senate for concurrence.

The Task Force will consider policies, recommend appropriate action and implementation strategies, and assess funding needs.  The Task Force will report to the Education Committees of the House and Senate no later than December 1, 2010.

Support a comprehensive arts education program in our public schools by responding to this Call to Action. 


1 comment:

  1. Just a few of the comments I included in my letter…

    Now is the perfect opportunity to evaluate our state's strengths and needs and to establish priorities and goals so that all NC students have access to quality arts education programs. Careful planning will allow us to utilize our resources where they can have the greatest impact and to provide equitably for students across the state.

    With regard to music alone, consider the findings Peter Perret talks about in A Well-Tempered Mind and the exciting work of Gustavo Dudamel and El Sistema (now coming to NC communities). Imagine how we could improve student scholarship if music were a more integral part of school from the very beginning.

    I'm very excited to think what we could achieve with a comprehensive evaluation and thoughtful planning on a state-wide level. Visit the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education to see a super evaluation tool—The Community Audit for Arts Education. http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/kcaaen/resources/home.html


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