U.S. Education Secretary Pressed on Arts Education

JUST IN FROM AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS…

Read Secretary Duncan’s Statement
United States Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan testified before two important committees and explained the president’s FY 2011 appropriations request for his agency. Of particular interest to the arts community is the proposed consolidation of the Arts in Education programs into the Effective Teaching and Learning for a Well Rounded Education program. The South Carolina Arts Alliance requested that its member of Congress, House Budget Chairman John Spratt (D-SC), ask Secretary Duncan about plans for arts education funding. Rep. Spratt obliged and stated that he feared arts would be put on the “back burner” under the proposed budget. Secretary Duncan responded that the proposal would fund arts programs, recognizing the need for a well-rounded curriculum. At a later House Education and Labor Committee hearing, the secretary’s opening statement mentioned that there is now potentially more funding for the arts in this budget in response to concerns heard from across the country. The administration has recently released its “blueprint” for reauthorizing the Elementary & Secondary Education Act, which only contains preliminary information on arts education support. For more information on this congressional hearing and Secretary Duncan’s response to concerns about arts education, please contact Associate Director of Federal Affairs Gladstone Payton at gpayton@artsusa.org.

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About artsoceducation

Pat Wayne is Director of Programs and Education for Arts Orange County, the county-wide arts council. She is also a parent in the Saddleback School District and past PTA President. The arts transformed her life in the second grade and she went on to major in theater design and earn a Master's in Arts Administration.
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