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The federal government & art education


Date: Mon Oct 09 2000 - 15:36:35 PDT

In The Education Reform Act of 1992 congress passed and Clinton signed into
law a bill that includes the visual arts as a core subject- along with social
studies, science, mathematics, etc. This was one of Clinton's first acts as
president. How does that impact us?

It recognizes visual art as more than the "friIl" that it has been considered
by administrators and our educational system for so many years.
Unfortunately, in many schools across the country art education still doesn't
have the respect it deserves. However, we, in New York, have begun to use
this recognition at the federal level to our advantage. At the present time
the New York Teachers Association and the New York State Education Department
are developing a state-wide test in the visual arts. The first of these
pilot tests will be administered this year, I believe. They will be given to
students in grade 8.

Just thought this might be of interest to those of you following the
political thread. I'd be interested to hear about what other states are
doing to further the cause of art education. Susan on Long Island