the NEA in the FY 2012 Interior Appropriations bill to widen citizen access to the cultural, educational, and economic benefits of the arts, and to advance creativity and innovation in communities across the United States.
* Strengthening Arts Education in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to retain the arts in the definition of core academic subjects, and strengthen equitable access to arts learning through the following actions:
o Improve the U.S. Department of Education’s national data collection and research regarding what students know and are able to do in the arts and the conditions for teaching and learning in arts education.
o Require states to report annually on student access to, and participation in, all core academic subjects.
o Improve student success in school, work, and life by strengthening arts education in provisions relating to afterschool/extended learning, teaching effectiveness, school turnaround, charter schools, and student assessment.
* Arts Education Funding and Research through the U.S. Department of Education (AEI) to appropriate $40 million for the Arts in Education programs in the FY 2012 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill, and retain the Arts in Education program as a distinct grant competition.
· Although all of our legislators are essentially supportive of the arts, they acknowledged other priorities and lack of consensus regarding the budget on Capitol Hill.
NOTE AS OF April, 15: The battle for the 2012 budget continues but the Congress yesterday passed a long-awaited budget funding the government for the rest of the fiscal year. The final budget agreement for FY 2011 negotiated by President Obama with House and Senate leaders includes $155 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This represents a cut of $12.5 million from the FY 2010 enacted level of $167.5 million. Also included in this bill is $25.5 million in funding for the Arts in Education programs at the U.S. Department of Education, which had been zeroed-out in a previous continuing resolution.