Earlier today, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act, which will transform our education system. Affecting instructional practice in 100,000 American K-12 schools, it will impact 50 million students and 3 million teachers.
This authorization spans from FY2017 through FY2020, ushering in a new era of education in America with increased local control and state-level accountability, and also new opportunities for arts education, including:
- Dedicated funding for arts education through the “Assistance for Arts Education” grant program;
- Inclusion of the arts in the “Well-Rounded Education” definition with over a dozen references in the bill ensuring among other things that the arts continue to be eligible for Title I funds – the largest federal funding source to local educational agencies and schools;
- Integration of the arts in STEM programs – recognized in the field as “STEM to STEAM
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