Posted on 10/02/15 by SPE Office Staff
This week is the beginning of National Arts & Humanities Month! President Obama once again commemorated the occasion with a Presidential Proclamation stating that, "this month, we recognize the ways the arts and humanities have forever changed our country, and we recommit to ensuring every American has the opportunity and the freedom to question, discover, and create."
Did you know that earlier this year, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate each approved legislation to replace the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001?
This fall, a select congressional conference committee is working to reconcile the Every Child Achieves Act (S.1177) and the Student Success Act (H.R. 5) into a final piece of legislation that President Obama will sign.
If successful, it will be the first time in 14 years that federal K-12 education policy has advanced. This is a big deal for a whole generation of students. Combined, the two bills contain 13 arts-friendly provisions, including retaining the arts as a core academic subject which is a key legislative priority!
To honor National Arts & Humanities Month, our friends at Americans for the Arts Action Fund have developed a petition to the members of Congress serving on the conference committee to voice support for retaining arts-friendly provisions within the education reform bill.
We here at SPE hope you will join with us and visit http://www.americansforthearts.org to lend your voice to congressional leaders in support of the arts and humanities.