On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on "The Student Success Act" (HR 5), a bill to reauthorize federal education programs, last completed 13 years ago through the No Child Left Behind Act. There is a great need to improve upon that outdated legislation.
Through Friday's floor consideration in the House, members of Congress will have an opportunity to vote on HR 5, and a Democratic alternative - but both bills are expected, based on recent history, to receive mostly partisan vote outcomes.
Americans for the Arts fully endorses the Democratic alternative legislation, although there are a few elements of the HR 5 bill that would be advantageous for arts education, especially teachers of music, dance, theater and the visual arts. In general, we are concerned that any reduction in federal leadership supporting the arts as essential to a complete education is detrimental to addressing the equity gap that currently exists.
We hope that you will contact your member of Congress about the policies in both bills that would benefit the arts education community. As the House holds its vote on Friday, and the Senate legislation is considered in a few months, it will become valuable to demonstrate to lawmakers the policies that could be supported in a final bipartisan approach.
Please customize your message, including the points provided, to your member of Congress in advance of Friday's vote - and let them know how you think these policies will impact arts education.
Want to take further action? Join Arts Advocacy Day on March 23-24 and bring your arts education advocacy directly to Capitol Hill! Learn more about this event here.
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