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Date: Sat Oct 06 2001 - 11:47:48 PDT


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Hi everyone,
While browsing through the legislative site, I came upon this information
about a second hearing about the SPECIAL COMM. STATE BOARD OF EDUC. Many of
these same people are also on the Education Committee.

If you have time, please consider giving testimony. It is best to prepare
remarks in writing (read it and then leave a copy, collect letters from
every fine arts teacher and take them with you), keep them short (usually
they give you 3-5 minutes), include something of a 'story' or illustration
to catch their attention. I have put in a few talking points below - but you
probably have some good ones too. If you go, please give me a followup

At the Springfield hearing, the Fine Arts re the only discipline
represented. Let's try to cover this one too.

SCHEDULE DATE: Wednesday, October 17, 2001 - 7:00 PM
                            SEE INFORMATION BELOW
                            TOPIC: Public testimony.
   LOCATION: Naperville Central High School, 440 W. Aurora, Naperville,IL.

Some talking points - best done in your own language:
1. After February the arts will have NO representation on the staff of ISBE.
We have lost Judy Dawson (assessment) and will lose Ron Engstrom (Fine
Arts). Who will speak for us? Here is a sample paragraph from a letter I

"We need representation on the ISBE staff and we are losing that
representation little by little. The fine arts assessment position
previously held by Judy Dawson has not been permanently filled since her
retirement in December and the curriculum position will be open when Ron
Engstrom retires in February. These positions are critical for maintaining
the arts' standing in Illinois schools."

2. The value of the arts... other examples....

"The Arts give students much needed opportunities for
> self-expression and creative thinking. They also give students ways to
> critically think about ideas and to problem solve in many different
> situations. The Arts give students opportunities to work together in a
> noncompetitive way."

"The Fine Arts present education for our students which go way beyond what
can be offered in the 'core' subjects, education which address not only a
unique view, but a view which is accessible to many students who learn in
different way than what is accepted as the norm. In addition, we prepare
student for the tens of thousands of jobs out there in the arts field (you
don't have to watch much television to realize how many artists there are at

3. The closer.... some examples....

"It is SO important that we have representation on the ISBE staff so that we
are not omitted from the many initiatives which the legislature considers
vital for our students."

"It is vital the the Fine Arts have representation on the ISBE. The are
> so many excellent Arts organizations in Illinois which could help in
> finding an appropriate person to represent us. Please do not let us
> down. Future generations are counting on you!"