Act Now to Support Arts Education! - (May 23, 2011)

Washington, D.C. - This Wednesday May 25, the U.S. House Education and Workforce Committee will vote on a bill (HR 1891) that would eliminate the Arts in Education program at the U.S. Department of Education, along with 42 other federal education programs.  The lead sponsor of the bill, Education Subcommittee Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA), calls the Arts in Education program “unnecessary.”  This bill is even more serious a threat than the annual federal funding measures, as HR 1891 would permanently strip the language out of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that allows the Arts in Education program to be funded each year.

The Arts in Education (AIE) program at the U.S. Department of Education is the ONLY source of dedicated federal education funding to support arts education, a core academic subject of learning proven to improve schools, teaching, and student success in school, work, and life.  The unique federal leadership provided through direct competitive AIE grants and national initiatives cannot be replaced by any other funding source and provides essential resources to maximize the benefits of arts education for all students. The arts have too often been shoved to the margins when our schools need them most.  Don’t let HR 1891 further narrow the educational opportunities of our nation’s students.

A targeted advocacy alert was sent to constituents of the following Members of the House Education and Workforce Committee:

  • John Kline, Chair (R-MN-2)
  • Tom Petri (R-WI-6)
  • Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-CA-25)
  • Judy Biggert (R-IL-13)
  • Todd Platts (R-PA-19)
  • Joe Wilson (R-SC-02)
  • Virginia Foxx (R-NC-05)
  • Duncan Hunter (R-CA-52)
  • Phil Roe (R-TN-01)
  • Glenn Thompson (R-PA-05)
  • Tim Walberg (R-MI-07)
  • Scott DesJarlais (R-TN-04)
  • Richard Hanna (R-NY-24)
  • Todd Rokita (R-IN-04)
  • Larry Bucshon (R-IN-08)
  • Trey Gowdy (R-SC-4)
  • Lou Barletta (R-PA-11)
  • Kristi Noem (R-SD-At large)
  • Martha Roby (R-AL-2)
  • Joe Heck (R-NV-03)
  • Dennis Ross (R-FL-12)
  • Mike Kelly (R-PA-3)
  • George Miller, Ranking Member (D-CA-7)
  • Dale Kildee (D-MI-5)
  • Donald Payne (D-NJ-10)
  • Robert Andrews     (D-NJ-01)
  • Bobby Scott (D-VA-03)
  • Lynn Woolsey (D-CA-06)
  • Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX-15)
  • Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY-04)
  • John Tierney (D-MA-06)
  • Dennis Kucinich (D-OH-10)
  • David Wu (D-OR-01)
  • Rush Holt (D-NJ-12)
  • Susan Davis (D-CA-53)
  • Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ-07)
  • Timothy Bishop (D-NY-01)
  • Dave Loebsack (D-IA-02)
  • Mazie Hirono (D-HI-02) 

Please direct any related questions to Heather Noonan, Vice President for Advocacy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Najean Lee, Senior Manager, Government Affairs & Education Advocacy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The League is a member of the Performing Arts Alliance, a coalition of national performing arts service organizations dedicated to advocating for national policies that recognize, enhance, and foster the contributions the performing arts make to America