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[teacherartexchange] Advocacy Alert, from Americans for the Arts re: reauthorization of NCLB


From: Christine Besack (mrsbeeswax_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Jul 19 2006 - 07:19:38 PDT

Hi All,
Just received this Advocacy Alert, from Americans for the Arts
NCLB had been the one thing that has had the greatest negative impact on
Arts education and general education.
 I highly encourage all members to let their voices be heard regarding the

Sincerely hopeful that the tide will change,

Christine Besack :)
PAEA Advocacy
           YAM Chair

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change
the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead
US anthropologist & popularizer of anthropology (1901 - 1978)

here is the address for the site to respond

----- Original Message -----
From: Americans for the Arts
To: Christine Besack
Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2006 10:04 AM
Subject: Arts Action Alert - No Child Left Behind and the Arts

July 19, 2006
Dear Christine,
Do you have an opinion on the No Child Left Behind Act? Are you concerned
with the state of arts education in America?
If so, your help is needed to ensure a place for the arts in every child's
As you may know, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which authorizes the
U.S. Department of Education's major programs for public schools, is up for
reauthorization next year.
Congress has recently begun preliminary hearings and will continue to gather
information and feedback through early next year, when an actual drafting
process will begin. As Congress starts this process, it is important that
arts advocates speak up and make their support for arts education known.
Currently, the Commission on No Child Left Behind, a bipartisan independent
commission, is soliciting comments in all areas of K-12 education. The
Commission will make formal recommendations to Congress in early 2007.
Therefore, this is a key opportunity to offer constructive feedback on the
importance of the arts in the next version of NCLB.
To facilitate the collection of these comments, Americans for the Arts has
designed a webpage that will send your comments to both the Commission and
to your congressional delegation. With your action, we hope the Commission
will report to Congress that parents, teachers, students, artists,
businesses and advocates around the country are insisting on a stronger
place for the arts in NCLB and every child's education.
We encourage you to submit your personal comments about the importance of
arts education. Specifically, the Commission needs to hear firsthand
accounts of how NCLB has impacted arts education in your public schools.
Many parents feel that the arts have been pushed out of the way to make room
for a greater emphasis on math and reading - Have you experienced that? Has
the number of art teachers or the number of hours devoted to arts education
been reduced in your local schools? Please provide your story to the
Commission as well as any ideas that you may have to improve the quality of
arts education in your schools.
Please visit the Americans for the Arts E-Advocacy Center and send your
comments to the Commission on No Child Left Behind. Your action today will
help secure an integral place for the arts in schools tomorrow.

We encourage you to forward this message on to friends and colleagues that
may wish to offer their thoughts on No Child Left Behind. If you have any
questions, please contact Justin Beland, Government Affairs and Grassroots
Manager, at

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