Arts on Line Update November 8, 2010

Election Recap — National:  Republicans gained sixty seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and seven seats in the U.S. Senate; at least ten state governorships; and control of at least nineteen state legislative chambers on November 2, 2010. According to unofficial results, Republicans will control 239 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives compared to 187 seats for Democrats, and 46 seats in the U.S. Senate, compared to 53 seats for Democrats.  (The 53 Senate seats include two independents who caucus with Democrats.) Republican governors will take office in Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Democrats take over governorships in California, Hawaii, and Vermont. Republicans gained control of both legislative chambers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Alabama, Maine, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, and so most state legislatures will be controlled by Republicans when the 2011 legislative sessions begin in January. The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has an interactive map that provides information about party control of state legislatures and other information about state governments as a result of the November 2010 election. The NCSL web site.

Outlook for Education:  As Republicans take over leadership and committee chairmanships in the U.S. House, priorities for education are expected to shift. Ohio Congressman John Boehner is expected to become Speaker of the House when the 112th Congress takes office in January 2011, but it is not certain if current House Speaker Representative Nancy Pelosi will become minority leader. Congressman Boehner chaired the House Education Committee from 2001-2006, and was a key player in 2002 in the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which became the “No Child Left Behind Act”. President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan have pressed Congress to take action on ESEA, but little progress has been made as lawmakers continue to debate certain NCLB provisions and work on other pressing issues, such as the economy, wars, health-care, etc.

Republican Representative John Kline, who is the senior minority member on the House Education and Labor Committee, is seeking the chairmanship of that committee.  He released on November 3, 2010 his priorities for that committee if appointed as chairman.  They include focusing committee work on restoring economic certainty and promoting job creation and worker success, and, “Because quality schools are essential to our economic strength, our efforts will include an emphasis on education reform to ensure all students have the opportunity to thrive in the 21st century.”  This includes, “pursuing education reform that restores local control, empowers parents, lets teachers teach, and protects taxpayers.”

These priorities echo those of many newly elected lawmakers, who ran on platforms that support reforming teacher tenure; eliminating ineffective teachers; increasing education choice; reducing federal involvement in education; directing more funding to the classroom; etc.

Even though the Democrats still control the U.S. Senate, because they lost seats in both the House and Senate, it might be even more difficult to approve education legislation that increases the federal influence over education. This will be a concern as the new Congress debates ESEA and funding for U.S. Department of Education initiatives, including Race to the Top, and national efforts such as the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Election Recap — Ohio
School Funding Issues:  There were 10 bond issues, 169 school tax issues, eight combined school funding issues, and 28 income tax issues for school districts on the November 2, 2010 ballot.  According to the Ohio School Boards Association’s web site, voters approved 110 of the total 214 funding issues, or around 51 percent. For information about specific school ballot issues please visit this site.

The unofficial results of the November 2, 2010 General Election indicate that Ohio Republicans have won every state-elected office including governor, secretary of state, auditor of state, treasurer, Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, two justice positions on the Ohio Supreme Court, and control of both the Ohio House and Senate.  (Source:  Ohio Secretary of State web site at

When the 129th Ohio General Assembly convenes in January 2011, Republicans will also have control over the apportionment board, which determines legislative districts after the ten-year census is conducted, and redistricting for congressional districts.  Members of the apportionment board include the governor, secretary of state, auditor of state, a member appointed by the majority party of the House and Senate, and a member appointed by the minority party of the House and Senate.  The Ohio General Assembly determines the congressional districts through a legislative task force for redistricting.  The task force includes three appointees from the Speaker of the House, including no more than two members of the same political party; and three appointees from the President of the Senate, including no more than two members of the same party.

The results of the election in the 28th and 99th House Districts are too close to call, but Republicans will have at least a 58 to 39 majority in the Ohio House of Representatives next year, gaining at least twelve seats.  The current minority leader in the Ohio House, Representative William Batchelder, is expected to become Speaker of the House for the 129th Ohio General Assembly when it convenes in January 2011.

Republicans also gained two seats in the Ohio Senate, defeating incumbents Susan Morano and Fred Strahorn.  The Senate is expected to select Senator Tom Niehaus as Senate President to replace current Senate President Bill Harris, who is term-limited.

The following three Republican state senators will be resigning their current elected positions in January 2011 to assume newly elected offices: Senator Jon Husted was elected Secretary of State Office; Senator Tim Grendell was elected to the Ohio House; and Senator Bob Gibbs was elected to Congress.  The Senate Republican Caucus will approve appointments to the three open seats in January 2011.

Republicans also gained five seats in Congress and retained a seat in the U.S. Senate with the election of Rob Portman.  Republicans were elected to 13 of Ohio’s 18-seat delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives. Republicans defeated incumbent Representatives Mary Jo Kilroy, Zack Space, John Boccieri, Charlie Wilson, and Steve Driehaus.

In races for the State Board of Education (SBE) incumbents Debbie Cain, who is the current president of the State Board, and Tammy O’Brien were re-elected.  Current board members John Bender and Susan Haverkos did not choose to run for office this year, and Sam Schloemer was term-limited.  Elected for their respective districts are Kathleen McGervey, Jeffrey J. Mims, and Debe Terhar.

Governor Strickland also will appoint (or re-appoint) three members to the Board to replace Steve Millett, Ann Womer Benjamin, and Juanita Sanches, whose terms expire on December 31, 2010. The terms of the following SBE members will continue through December 31, 2012:  Rob Hovis, Ann Jacobs, Danny Greene, Jeff Hardin, Kristen McKinley, Dennis Reardon, Mike Collins, Mary Rose Oakar, Martha Harris, Kathy Leavenworth, and Roger McCauley.

Switcheroos: As in previous years, there are several current state senators and representatives who have been elected to a different chamber.  This year’s switcheroos include the following:

Current Senators Teresa Fedor, Kirk Schuring, Tim Grendell, and John Carey have been elected to the Ohio House.

Current House Representatives Edna Brown, Kris Jordan, Scott Oelslager, Mike Skindell, Kevin Bacon, and David Daniels have been elected to the Ohio Senate.

A list of the newly elected members of the General Assembly is provided below:

Election Results for Statewide Offices
Governor:  John Kasich
Lt. Governor:  Mary Taylor
Attorney General:  Mike DeWine
Secretary of State:  Jon Husted
State Auditor:  David Yost
Treasurer:  Josh Mandel
Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice:  Maureen O’Connor
Justices of the Ohio Supreme Court: Judith Ann Lanzinger and Paul Pfeifer
U.S. Senator:  Rob Portman

Ohio’s Delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives
Re-Elected Republicans
2 Jean Schmidt
3 Michael Turner
4 Jim Jordan
5 Bob Latta
7 Steve Austria
8 John Boehner
12 Pat Tiberi
14 Steve LaTourette

Newly Elected Republicans
1 Steve Chabot (defeated incumbent Steve Driehaus)
6 Bill Johnson (defeated incumbent Charlie Wilson)
15 Steve Stivers (defeated incumbent Mary Jo Kilroy)
16 Jim Renacci (defeated incumbent John Boccieri)
18 Bob Gibbs (defeated incumbent Zack Space)

Re-Elected Democrats
9 Marcy Kaptur
10 Dennis Kucinich
11 Marcia Fudge
13 Betty Sutton
17 Tim Ryan

Results for the Ohio House:  99 House Districts Open
Too Close to Call:
28 Connie Pillich (D) and Mike Wilson (R)
99 Deborah Newcomb (D) and Casey Kozlowski (R)

Re-Elected Republicans
3 Ron Amstutz unopposed
4 Matt Huffman
5 Gerald Stebelton unopposed
6 Randy Gardner
16 Nan Baker
23 Cheryl Grossman
29 Lou Blessing
30 Robert Mecklenborg
34 Peter Stautberg
35 Ron Maag
37 Peggy Lehner
38 Terry Blair
46 Barbara Sears
50 Todd Snitchler
53 Timothy Derickson
54 Courtney Combs
55 Bill Coley
58 Terry Boose
66 Joseph Uecker
67 Peter Beck
69 William Batchelder
70 Jared Martin
71 Jay Hottinger
72 Ross McGregor
74 Bruce Goodwin
75 Lynn Wachtmann
76 Patrick Cliff Hite
77 James Zehringer unopposed
78 John Adams
79 Richard Adams
82 Jeffrey McClain unopposed
83 Dave Burke unopposed
84 Robert Hackett
88 Danny Bubp unopposed
90 Margaret Ruhl
94 Troy Balderson unopposed
97 Dave Hall

Newly Elected Republicans
1 Craig Newbold (defeated incumbent Linda Bolon)
2 Andrew Brenner
17 Marlene Anielski
18 Mike Dovilla (defeated incumbent Matt Patten)
19 Anne Gonzales (defeated incumbent Marian Harris)
21 Mike Duffey
36 Michael Henne
41 Lynn Slaby (defeated incumbent Brian Williams)
42 Kristina Daley Roegner (defeated incumbent Mike Moran)
43 Todd McKenney (defeated incumbent Stephen Dyer)
51 Kirk Schuring
63 Ron Young (defeated incumbent Mark Schnieder)
81 Rex Damschroder
85 Bob Peterson (defeated incumbent Ray Pyror)
86 Cliff Rosenberger
87 John Carey
89 Terry Johnson
91 Bill Hayes (defeated incumbent Dan Dodd)
93 Andy Thompson
96 Al Landis (defeated incumbent Joshua O’Farrell)
98 Tim Grendell

Re-Elected Democrats
7 Kenny Yuko
8 Armond Budish
9 Barbara Boyd
11Sandra Williams
14 Mike Foley
15 Tim DeGeeter unopposed
20 Nancy Garland
22 John Carney
24 Ted Celeste
26 Tracy Heard
27 C. Weddington
31 Denise Driehaus
32 Dale Mallory
33 Alicia Reece
39 Clayton Luckie
40 Roland Winburn
44 Vernon Sykes
49 Matt Szollosi
52 Stephen Slesnick
57 Matt Lundy
59 Ron Gerberry
60 Bob Hagan
61 Mark Okey
62 Loraine Fende
64 Tom Letson
73 Jay Goyal
80 Dennis Murray
92 Debbie Phillips

Newly Elected Democrats
10 Bill Patmon unopposed
12 John Barnes unopposed
13 Nickie Antonio unopposed
25 Mike Stinziano unopposed
45 Zack Milkovich
47 Teresa Fedor
48 Michael Ashford
56 Dan Ramos
65 Sean J.O’Brien
68 Kathleen Clyde
95 Lou Gentile

Ohio Senate
The terms of state senators are staggered so that only half of the Senate is elected every two years.

Re-Elected Senators – Republican
1 Steve Buehrer
5 Shannon Jones
31 Tim Schaffer

Newly Elected Senators – Republican
3 Kevin Bacon
5 Bill Beagle (defeated incumbent Fred Strahorn)
13 Gayle Manning (defeated incumbent Sue Morano)
17 David Daniels
19 Kris Jordan
27 Frank LaRose
29 Scott Oelslager

Re-Elected Senators – Democrat
9 Eric Kearney
21 Shirley Smith
25 Nina Turner
33 Joe Schiavoni

Newly Elected – Democrat
11 Edna Brown
15 Charleta Tavares
23 Mike Skindell

State Board of Education
The terms of the elected and appointed members of the SBE are staggered, so that only half of the members are elected or appointed every two years.

District        Current Office Holder                 Elected
District 2     John Bender (decided not to run)   Kathleen McGervey
District 3     Susan Haverkos (decided not to run) effrey J. Mims
District 4     Sam Schloemer (term limited)     Debe Terhar
District 7     Tammy A. O’Brien                 Tammy A. O’Brien
District 8      Deborah L. Cain               Deborah L. Cain

News from the Statehouse: The Ohio House and Senate have canceled their scheduled session for November 9, 2010, but will meet in joint session on November 10, 2010 at Veterans Memorial in Columbus to honor Ohio servicemen.  No word yet on future House and Senate meetings, although sessions are scheduled for November 16, 17, & 30, and December 1, 7, 8, & 9. Committee meetings are scheduled on November 18th and December 2, 2010.

Governor-Elect John Kasich announced on November 3, 2010 the following individuals, who will be part of his administration:
Chief of Staff:  Beth Hansen
Policy Director: Wayne Struble
Director of the Office of Budget and Management:  Tim Keen
Policy/Budget:  Ben Kanzeg

New Governor’s Education Priorities: It is not news that Ohio’s next biennial budget will be tight and painful for many Ohioans. With a state budget deficit projected as high as $8 billion, most state policy analysts believe that every budget line item, including funding for schools, universities, medicaid, corrections, health care, etc. will be considered for reduction and/or elimination. School districts across the state are now preparing for cuts of up to 10 percent in state funding for FY12-13 according to some reports, and with voters approving only 51 percent of tax issues for schools on November 2, 2010, additional local funding does not seem to be an option for most school districts.

On the campaign trail candidate for governor John Kasich said that cutting taxes and shrinking government is the key to economic prosperity in Ohio. He told education leaders in a meeting with the Ohio School Boards Association, the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, and the Ohio Association of School Business Officials that education is a priority, and that he wanted Ohio to be number one in funding going to classrooms rather than administration and bureaucracy.  He would not use federal stimulus funding for operations, but direct it to instructional materials, technology, and capital improvements.  Candidate Kasich said that he is an advocate for private school vouchers and charter schools, and supports consolidation of schools in Ohio and ways to reduce duplicated services. If elected he would not support the evidence based school funding model (EBM), enacted in the most recent biennial budget (Am. Sub. HB1), because there is no money to fund it, and it is filled with unfunded mandates.

To hear the complete report of candidate Kasich’s education priorities, please visit this site.

The following priorities for education are posted on the web site of Governor-elect John Kasich at

The Problem:
Ohio ranks a lowly 46th in the nation in classroom spending, but a shocking 9th in money spent on school bureaucracy. Furthermore, Ohio spends 49 percent more on district-level bureaucracy than the national average. Is anyone confident that all of this money is delivering the quality education our children need?

We Can Do Better:
John Kasich and Mary Taylor believe that we need to improve education in Ohio and that we must:

  • Set higher standards.
  • Fund students, not just buildings.
  • Use more technology in the classroom to leverage students’ greater use of computers at home.
  • Reward excellent teachers and hold all teachers accountable.
  • Ensure that all families have education choices.”


Update from the ODE:  The Ohio Department of Education provides a number of web-based resources to inform educators about events, initiatives, and issues facing Ohio’s schools. The following information is available through EdConnections Newsletter, Tools for Teachers, and the Ides of ODE.  View ODE newsletters.
Updating Ohio’s fine arts academic content standards: ODE’s division of visual and performing arts invites K-12 teachers of dance, drama/theatre, music and visual art to participate in discussions to launch the review of Ohio’s fine arts academic content standards. ODE wants to learn how current standards are impacting classroom practice and hear feedback on the proposed review process. Consultants will hold two sessions:

-The music and drama/theatre session will take place Monday, November 15, 2010 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Wood County Educational Service Center, 1867 N. Research Drive, Bowling Green, 43402.

-The visual art and dance session will be held Tuesday, November 16, 2010 from 5:00 to 7 PM at the Worthington Schools Education Center, 200 E. Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, 43085.

To register, please contact Vicky Kelly at and indicate the session you would like to attend. Space is limited to the first 45 educators who register for each session. Confirmation and details will be sent via e-mail.

Training scheduled on new licensure structure and Master Teacher scoring:  ODE’s Office of Educator Standards will present a training session about the new four-tier licensure structure and Master Teacher program and training on scoring on December 3, 2010 from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM at the Delaware Area Career Center. The licensure overview will emphasize the Senior Professional and Lead Professional educator licenses and their relationship to the Master Teacher program. The Delaware Area Career Center is located at 4565 Columbus Pike (State Route 23) in Delaware, Ohio 43015. Registration begins at 9:00 AM. To participate, teachers should register through STARS by accessing their SAFE accounts.

Registration for OLAC Action Forum: The Buckeye Association of School Administrators, the ODE, and the Ohio Leadership Advisory Council (OLAC) will host a free, one-day forum from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM on December 3, 2010 in Dublin, Ohio to help Ohio educators learn about OLAC work and available online resources. The program is planned for district- and building-level teams of superintendents, central office staff, principals, curriculum directors, professional development coordinators, Educational Service Center, and state support team representatives, and others who want to learn more. OLAC online assessments and learning modules integrate content, video and practical strategies from national experts and district-, building- and teacher-level teams. Participants will discover how these resources directly connect to their existing work and improvement efforts related to the Ohio Improvement Process, Race to the Top plans, and Ohio House Bill 1 initiatives. For more information please click here.

Register for 2011 statewide technology conference:  The 2011 Ohio Educational Technology Conference, “Learning Through Innovation”, will be held January 31, 2011 to February 2, 2011 in Columbus. The conference is organized by eTech Ohio, and will offer more than 450 sessions and displays to encourage and support collaboration and learning through technology. Educators will learn how technology and its uses across the educational spectrum can improve student progress, bring together campus collaborations, and provide professional development that emphasizes current technology as resources. The early-bird registration deadline is December 1, 2010 and final registration is due by January 5, 2011.  For more information about the conference, please click here.

State Board of Education to Meet: The State Board of Education, Debbie Cain president, will meet on November 8 & 9, 2010 at the Ohio School Boards Association Capital Conference, Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio.


The Executive Committee, chaired by Debbie Cain, will meet at 9:15 AM in Conference Room D233-235 to discuss the January 2011 Board Orientation.

The Achievement Committee, chaired by Mike Collins, and the Capacity Committee, chaired by Rob Hovis, will meet at 10:00 AM.

The Achievement Committee will meet in conference room D242 and discuss proposed amendments to Rule 3301-11, Ed Choice Scholarship; discuss proposed amendments to Rule 3301-39, Approval of Nonpublic Schools; and continue a committee discussion from last month.

The Capacity Committee will meet in conference room D233-235 and discuss the Diversity Strategies Policy and continue a committee discussion from last month.

At 11:30 AM the Executive Committee, Achievement Committee, and Capacity Committee will make reports to the full Board. The Board will then review written reports and items for vote at the business meeting.

Following lunch at 1:00 PM the Early Childhood Subcommittee, co-chaired by Kathy Leavenworth and Stephen Millett, will meet in room D233-35 to discuss policy framework questions.

The Board will conduct three focus sessions on urban, rural, and suburban schools starting at 2:00 PM.

The session on urban schools will be held at 2:00 PM in conference room D233-235 and will be facilitated by Adrian Allison and Cynthia Lemmerman.

The session on rural schools will be held at 2:00 PM in conference room D242-243 and will be facilitated by Stan Heffner and Jane Wiechel.

The session on suburban schools will be held at 3:30 in conference room D233-235 and will be facilitated by Michael Sawyers and Lou Staffilino.

The State Board of Education will meet in executive session at 8:30 AM in conference room D233-235. After the executive session the Board will receive the report from the Early Childhood Subcommittee.

The State Board of Education’s business meeting will begin at 9:45 AM.  Superintendent of Public Instruction, Deborah Delisle, will present the report of the superintendent, and the Board will then accept public participation on agenda items.

The Board will then take action on seven personnel items and the resolutions included below.  The Board will then consider old business, new business, and miscellaneous business; public participation on non-agenda items; and adjourn.

Resolutions to be considered by the State Board of Education:
#4  Approve a Resolution of Intent to Rescind and Adopt Rule 3301-24-03 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) entitled Teacher Education Programs.
#5  Approve a Resolution to Accept the Recommendation of the Hearing Officer and to Deny the Transfer of School District Territory from the Mariemont City School District, Hamilton County to the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District, Hamilton County Pursuant to Section 3311.24 of the Ohio Revised Code.
#10 Approve a Resolution to Adopt Amended Section 3.1 of the Anti-Harassment, Anti-Intimidation, or Anti-Bullying Model Policy.
#11 Approve a Resolution to Approve the Proposed Plan by Adams County/Ohio Valley Local School District and Manchester Local School District to Create a New Joint Vocational School District in Adams County.
#12 Approve a Resolution to Decline Confirmation of the Tipp City Exempted Village School District Board of Education’s Determination of Impractical Transportation of Certain Students Attending the Chaminade-Julienne Catholic High School, A Chartered Non-public School, Montgomery County.


The Arts Are Part of the Economic Recovery Solution: Americans for the Arts, Robert L. Lynch president, released on November 3, 2010 a statement in response to the 2010 Election. The statement urges newly elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels to engage the arts as a way to spur economic growth and job creation and as a way to develop the creative and innovative work force skills needed to compete successfully in the global economy.

Bob Lynch states, “The nation’s 100,000 nonprofit arts organizations are part of the small business sector, and the nation’s 2.2 million professional artists are among the millions of business entrepreneurs fueling the economy.”

He goes on to say that Americans for the Arts, “looks forward to working with the bipartisan Congressional Arts Caucus and Senate Cultural Caucus on Capitol Hill to continue educating freshman members on how the arts fuel our nation’s economy.”

The statement also asks advocates for the arts to take the following next steps to inform newly elected officials:
-Send a letter of congratulations to each elected leader representing your community (federal, state, and local levels) and identify yourself or your organization as a resource on arts policy issues.
-Ask all freshman members of Congress to begin thinking about joining the bipartisan Congressional Arts Caucus or Senate Cultural Caucus.
-Work with your state and local arts advocacy organizations to develop a unified message for your newly-elected state and local leaders.
-Save the dates of April 4-5, 2011 to come to Washington, DC for National Arts Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill.  To read the entire statement please click here.

ASCD Resources on the Arts:  ASCD focused its October 2010 “Whole Child Newsletter” on the importance of the arts in the “whole child education”, and how the arts can be integrated across the curriculum. The following are highlights of the resources about arts education in the newsletter  and on the blog.

-A Whole Child Podcast with guests Peter Yarrow, recording artist and founder of Operation Respect and United Voices for Education; Mike Blakeslee, senior deputy executive director and chief operating officer of MENC: The National Association for Music Education; and Vanessa Lopez, an arts educator from Roland Park Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore, Md.

-Guest blogger Judy Willis, who discussed the connection between creativity and the brain.

-Information from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts ARTSEDGE website about resources for arts and arts-integrated educational content for students, families, and educators looking for lesson plans, multimedia-enhanced instruction, and performance footage.

-A discussion with musician Peter Yarrow and conductor Placido Domingo about the importance of the arts and the value of a whole child approach to education.

-Discussions about the research-based benefits of arts education and how the arts engage students in ways that other subjects might not and compliment learning styles and encourage creative risk taking.

-A presentation by Sir Ken Robinson about how schools can do a better job of recognizing and encouraging creativity during class to stimulate thinking and as preparation for the future work arena.

The blog also provided links to resources, such as the “Artful Teaching & Learning Handbook” to create a versatile arts education model from the Perpich Center for Arts Education (PCAE); the Americans for the Arts’ fact sheet about the benefits of arts education for children; six issues of the University of California’s “Journal for Learning through the Arts: A Research Journal on Arts Integration in Schools and Communities”; and more….

Arts Survey Underway in Minnesota:  The Minneapolis/St. Paul Star Tribune reported on November 2, 2010 that the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley, Pam Paulson senior director of policy, will launch an arts education survey for Minnesota schools. (“Survey to look at shape of school arts across state; The Perpich Center launches Minnesota’s first study to illustrate how arts fare in cash-strapped districts” by Kelly Smith).

The Perpich Center will be working with Quadrant Arts Education Research, Bob Morrison president, to conduct the survey, which has the support of the Minnesota Department of Education, the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association, and the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals. Quadrant has provided an analysis of several statewide surveys on the status of the arts education in schools, including surveys in New Jersey, Arizona, Ohio, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire, to name a few.

Approximately 2,000 Minnesota public, private and charter K-12 schools will be asked to complete the survey by January 15, 2011. The purpose of the survey is to identify schools that need more resources to support arts education.  The survey will be funded by the state Legacy Fund. To read more please visit this site.

About OAAE

Since our founding in 1974, by Dr. Dick Shoup and Jerry Tollifson, our mission has always been to ensure the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. Working at the local, state, and federal levels through the efforts of a highly qualified and elected Board of Directors, our members, and a professional staff we have four primary areas of focus: building collaborations, professional development, advocacy, and capacity building. The OAAE is funded in part for its day-to-day operation by the Ohio Arts Council. This support makes it possible for the OAAE to operate its office in Columbus and to work statewide to ensure the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. Support for arts education projects comes from the Ohio Arts Council, Ohio Music Education Association, Ohio Art Education Association, Ohio Educational Theatre Association, VSA Ohio, and OhioDance. The Community Arts Education programs of Central Ohio are financially assisted by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. We gratefully acknowledge and appreciate the financial support received from each of these outstanding agencies and organizations.
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