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Beth Kanter (kanter)
Fri, 13 Dec 1996 18:39:33 -0500


Date: Fri, 13 Dec 1996 15:34:11 -0500
From: Bob Morrison <pp002343>
Reply-To: pp002343
Organization: American Music Conference
To: AMC Mail List <music-news@amc-music.com>
Subject: AMC Music News
Sender: owner-music-news

In This Issue of AMC Music News:

* WEST VIRGINIA ADDS HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENT IN ARTS
* CONNECTICUT MAKES PROGRESS ON ARTS GRADUATION REQUIREMENT

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WEST VIRGINIA ADDS HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENT IN ARTS

The West Virginia Board of Education yesterday approved a high school
graduation requirement in the arts to be implemented for the class of
2002. The requirement is on unit (Carnegie credit) in music, art,
theater or dance.

According to Jeanne Moore, State Department of Education Coordinator of
Fine Arts, "We are delighted that this passed by the State Board of
Education. It is part of an overall agenda in which the state will adapt
and arts curriculum based on the National Standards for Arts Education
over the next three months."

This would bring the number of states with a high school graduation
requirement in the arts to 30.

For more information about the West Vriginia requirement and curriculum
program contact Jeanne Moore at (304) 558-7805

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CONNECTICUT MAKES PROGRESS TOWARD ARTS GRADUATION REQUIREMENT

>From our friends in CT:

* The new state 5-year plan for education, entitled "Nurturing the
Genius of
Connecticut's Students," calls for several improvements in arts
education.
For example, one of its stated priorities will be to increase the
percentage
of students who take at least 2 years of arts study prior to high school
graduation.

* On Wednesday, December 4, the State Board of Education voted to ask
the
state legislature to enact a 1/2-credit statewide high school graduation
requirement in the arts. If this is adopted by the legislature, it
would
ensure that ALL high school students study the arts for at least one
semester. We were all hoping for a requirement of at least a full year
of
arts study, if not two years, but this is a step in the right direction.

* Also on December 4, the Board voted to ask the state legislature to
require
that school districts offer instruction in all core academic areas
-including
the arts- continuously from grades K-12. It also decided to propose
defining
the arts in statute as including not only music and the visual arts, but
also
dance and theatre.

-- 
Bob Morrison
American Music Conference
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