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Re: Education Week Live Web Chat 9/9

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jrlarson_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Fri Sep 10 2004 - 14:08:28 PDT


Thanks for posting this Ellen. It is my opinion, after reading and
re-reading, that she didn't answer the question....
Betsy
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From: "Sears, Ellen" <ESears@Anchorage.k12.ky.us>
To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <artsednet@lists.getty.edu>
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
> insider:
>
> http://www.edweek-chat.org
>
> About the Guest:
>
> Sandy Kress is an education advisor with the Bush re-election campaign,
and
> advised the Bush administration on the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
He
> 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
previously
> was president of Dallas public schools' board of trustees, and was a
member
> 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,
some
> of the negative consequences of this Act have resulted in widescale
cutbacks
> in the arts. What is President Bush going to do to ensure that the Arts
and
> other essential non-core subjects, do not disappear from curriculums
because
> of limited funds?
>
> Sandy Kress:
> lynn, as an avid supporter of the arts and a believer in arts
education,
> 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
$501
> billion in '03-'04. i do not understand why local schools and districts
are
> 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
education,
> i encourage you to push back on these decisions, as important as we agree
> the stakes to be.
>
>
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