Thanks for posting this Ellen. It is my opinion, after reading and
re-reading, that she didn't answer the question....
----- Original Message -----
From: "Sears, Ellen" <ESears@Anchorage.k12.ky.us>
To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, September 10, 2004 11:39 AM
Subject: Education Week Live Web Chat 9/9
> Here is one of the questions posted from yesterday's live chat -
> "The Bush Education Agenda"
> As part of our coverage of the 2004 election, EDUCATION WEEK has invited
> members of the Bush and Kerry presidential campaigns to take part in live
> online discussions with our readers. In this first chat, a Bush education
> advisor will field questions from you on President Bush's education
> initiatives and plans, including the No Child Left Behind Act and the role
> of testing and accountability in schools.
> Please join us for this important discussion with a Bush administration
> http://www.edweek-chat.org >
> About the Guest:
> Sandy Kress is an education advisor with the Bush re-election campaign,
> advised the Bush administration on the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
> is a partner with the law firm of Akin Gump, focusing on public law and
> policy, and serves on the Education Commission of the States. He
> was president of Dallas public schools' board of trustees, and was a
> of two statewide committees assembled to recommend improvements in public
> education in Texas.
> Question from Lynn G. Marlin, Director of Bands, Warren G. Harding HS,
> Warren, Ohio:
> Although the premise of the No Child Left Behind Act is excellent,
> of the negative consequences of this Act have resulted in widescale
> in the arts. What is President Bush going to do to ensure that the Arts
> other essential non-core subjects, do not disappear from curriculums
> of limited funds?
> Sandy Kress:
> lynn, as an avid supporter of the arts and a believer in arts
> i am very sympathetic with your question. total k-12 education spending in
> our country has gone up from $404 billion in '99-'00, to $423 billion in
> '00-'01, to $443 billion in '01-'02, to $482 billion in '02-'03, and to
> billion in '03-'04. i do not understand why local schools and districts
> cutting back on arts education. these decisions are made locally. they
> always have, and they probably always will. given the fact that the most
> effective schools in reading and math also tend to preserve atrs
> i encourage you to push back on these decisions, as important as we agree
> the stakes to be.