The following is from Americans For the Arts:
PETITION TO SUPPORT ARTS EDUCATION IN HISTORIC FEDERAL EDUCATION OVERHAUL....
"We've developed a national petition to the members of Congress serving on the conference committee to voice support for retaining arts-friendly provisions within the education reform bill.
Please sign this petition and encourage 5 of your friends and colleagues to do the same.
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 month, a select congressional conference committee has begun work 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."