Arts On Line Update 5.16.2011

The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education is seeking candidates to fill positions on the Board of Directors.  At this time the positions to be filled are: President-Elect, Vice President, Treasurer, Representatives (7), and discipline specific positions: one drama/theatre, two visual art, and two music.

To serve on the OAAE Board of Directors is an honor and opportunity.  Board members are required to:

  • Be a member of the organization at the Patron level ($60)
  • Participate in the Board’s four (quarterly) meetings in Columbus
  • Participate on at least one committee (membership, awards, advocacy, development, etc.)
  • Make a personal financial contribution of at least $50 annually
  • Assist in membership retention and recruitment
  • Participate in one or more fundraising activities, including the annual Arts Education Virtuoso Awards
  • Work in good faith with staff and other Board members as partners towards achievement of OAAE mission and goals

If you are interested, or know someone who may be interested in serving the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education in the coming term of office (October 1, 2011-September 30, 2013) please send us contact information for the individual along with the person’s qualifications or interest in support the OAAE mission to ensure the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan.

Every person recommended will receive a personal call from a member of the Nominating Committee to discuss the organization, the role and responsibilities of Board members, and to answer questions.

Please submit your recommendations by email to Donna Collins at dcollins@oaae.net   Provide the name and contact information of the individual(s) being recommended and a sentence or two about the qualifications or interest the individual(s) has in regards to OAAE.  Only recommendations that include the name, contact information, and qualifications or interest will be considered.  Recommendations will be accepted now through May 31, 2011.

Thank you for your time and recommendations.

2011 Nominating Committee:
Luke Dennis, Dayton
Jarrod Hartzler, Wooster
Cindy Kerr, Delaware

129th Ohio General Assembly: The Ohio House and Senate have scheduled sessions and hearings this week.

YouTube on Gifted Education:  A YouTube website entitled “Saving Gifted Services in Ohio” provides a summary of testimony presented last week by Ann Sheldon, executive director for the Ohio Association for Gifted Children before the Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator Widener.  Watch the video.

Clearinghouse Established to Streamline Local Government:  State Auditor Dave Yost announced on May 9, 2011 the launch of the SkinnyOhio.org website, an online clearinghouse for strategies to streamline local government. The strategies are based on the best practices and ideas accumulated from state performance audits of school districts conducted over the past ten years, and include information about cost-saving initiatives; financial forecasting; staffing; facility planning; operations; maintenance; energy management; technology, etc. View the site.

Testimony on Sub. HB153 (Amstutz) Biennial Budget:  The Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator Widener, received testimony last week on the education provisions of Sub. HB 153 (Amstutz) Biennial Budget.  Testimony was presented by the Ohio Department of Education and several education organizations.  The Senate Finance Committee has made available the testimony of presenters on its web site.

This Week at the Statehouse
MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011

  • Senate Finance: The Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator Widener, will meet starting at 9:00 AM in the Finance Hearing Room.  The committee will receive invited testimony on Sub. HB153 (Amstutz) Biennial Budget from state agencies.

TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011

  • Senate Finance: The Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator Widener, will meet starting at 9:00 AM in the Finance Hearing Room. The committee will receive a presentation from Tony Bennett, superintendent of public instruction for the state of Indiana and David Driscoll, formerly Massachusetts commissioner of education. The committee will then receive public testimony on Sub. HB153 (Amstutz) Biennial Budget, on K-12 (10:00 AM to 1:00 PM) and higher education (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.)
  • House State Government and Elections: The House State Government and Elections Committee, chaired by Representative Mecklenborg, will meet at 1:30 PM in hearing room 116. The committee will receive testimony on HB188 (Batchelder) Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission and HB194 (Mecklenborg/Blessing) Election Law, which would revise election law.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011

  • House State Government and Elections: The House State Government and Elections Committee, chaired by Representative Mecklenborg, will meet at 9:00AM in hearing room 121.  The committee will receive testimony on HB194 (Mecklenborg/Blessing) Election Law, which would revise election law.
  • Senate Finance: The Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator Widener, will meet starting at 9:00 AM in the Finance Hearing Room. The committee will receive public testimony on Sub. HB153 (Amstutz) Biennial Budget regarding Medicaid and Human Services.

THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011

  • Senate Government Oversight & Reform Committee The Senate Government Oversight & Reform Committee, chaired by Senator Faber, will meet at 9:30 AM in the South Hearing Room to receive testimony on SB148 (Wagoner) Election Laws.
  • Senate Finance: The Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator Widener, will meet starting at 1:00 PM in the Senate Finance Hearing Room.  The committee will receive invited testimony on Sub. HB153 (Amstutz) Biennial Budget, regarding government issues.

Update from Washington, D.C.
ESEA Re-authorization:  The U.S. House K-12 Education Subcommittee, chaired by Representative Duncan Hunter, introduced on May 13, 2011 the first in a series of bills (according to reports) to re-authorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) also known as the No Child Left Behind Act.

According to a fact sheet, the gist of the proposed bill, entitled “Setting New Priorities in Education Spending Act” (H.R. 1891), is the following: per pupil funding has tripled since 1964; math and reading scores have remained flat; researchers have found “serious shortcomings in many federally funded education programs”; Congress must restore fiscal responsibility; funding for 43 federally funded education programs must be eliminated. (The amount of money saved through the elimination of these programs was not included on the fact sheet.)

Some of the education programs targeted for elimination were never funded, or have already been eliminated through recently approved continuing resolutions. Arts in Education, for example, is included on the list, but was eliminated in one of the continuing resolutions, and then partially restored ($25 million out of $40 million) in the final FY11 appropriations bill. Some of the targeted programs (including Arts in Education) were also identified for consolidation in President Obama’s FY12 budget proposal.

The Fact Sheet states the following about Arts in Education:  “The Arts in Education program contains partially earmarked funds, does not serve a federal role, and is duplicative of ESEA Title I (Aid for the Disadvantaged) and Title II (Teacher Quality State Grants) programs.”

The American Association of School Administrators reports that bills dealing with other parts of ESEA will be introduced in the House soon.  One provision that might be included in a bill would provide state and local education agencies (SEAs and LEAs) with more flexibility to use federal funds to meet their needs.  LEAs would be able to move funds within and between ESEA titles and programs, currently numbering 90, but some reporting requirements and set-asides would remain the same.

Currently the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, chaired by Representative Hal Rogers, is considering appropriation bills for FY12 based on a budget resolution already approved by the House, but not by the Senate. This resolution cut funding for the Labor, Health, Human Services, and Education Committee by $18.2 billion. The House is not expected to consider these appropriations bills until after the August recess, but the recommended funding levels for education should be available in July.

Some of the other topics that might be considered by the House for legislative changes in ESEA include accountability, assessment, set-asides, and disaggregation of data.

The Fact Sheet about the “Setting New Priorities in Education Spending Act” is available.

Leaders in the U.S. Senate, including Senator Harkin, chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, have stated their intent to introduce a comprehensive re-authorization of ESEA, rather than the “piece-meal” approach followed by the House.

State Board of Education Meeting:  The State Board of Education, Debe Terhar president, met on May 9-10, 2011 at the Ohio School for the Deaf, 500 Morse Road, Columbus, OH.  Absent from the meeting were President Debe Terhar and  Board members Virginia Jacobs, Kathleen McGervey, and Dennis Shelton.

MEETING ON MAY 9, 2011

Executive Committee: The Executive Committee, chaired by Vice President Tom Gunlock, approved documents related to the superintendent’s search, which will be conducted by the Executive Committee; approved a motion to not receive public participation at the business meeting of the State Board of Education in June 2011; clarified that the June Board meeting would be a work session rather than a retreat, and further clarified that a Board retreat is being scheduled for October 2011; and discussed board member participation on external committees.

Michael Collins requested that the Executive Committee approve a document outlining a specific process, checklist, and timeline for the State Board of Education’s Executive Committee to follow to select candidates for the position of Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Some committee members objected to the document saying that it was too prescriptive, but Mr. Collins responded by saying that the current process proposed by the Executive Committee does not describe what will occur, when it will occur, and the role of the Executive Committee and the Board in the selection and interview process for superintendent candidates.  After considerable debate the committee approved documents regarding the Executive Committee’s search for Superintendent of Public Instruction, but did not include the checklist or timeline process proposed by Mr. Collins.Achievement Committee: The Achievement Committee, chaired by Angela Thi Bennett, discussed the following:

Community Service Education Program ORC §3313.605; The ODE Office of Educational Reform has developed a guidance document to assist school districts, community schools, STEM schools, and Educational Service Centers to implement an optional community service educational program in their curriculum. In

2012-13 the ODE will provide support to districts and schools if they choose to implement the community service educational plans.

  • Assessments as part of 128 – HB1; An assessment committee has been formed to develop a new system of college and career ready assessments to replace the Ohio Graduation Test pursuant to ORC §3301.0712(A).  The committee first met on April 14, 2011. The new assessment system will include a nationally standardized assessment in science, math, and English language arts; a series of end of course exams; and a senior project. Ohio currently serves on two national consortia that are developing assessments aligned to the Common Core standards in English language arts and math. The Board will be asked in the future to choose which consortium the Board should join as a governing state.
  • 128-SB210 Healthy Choices for Healthy Children Act: The Achievement Committee will be asked to review and approve several provisions of SB210 as it is implemented, including the development of a report card measure based on student success in meeting physical education standards; compliance with federal requirements for implementing a local wellness policy; compliance with BMI screening requirements or waivers; and participation in the daily physical activity pilot. The committee also discussed how provisions of this bill could be implemented in a way that protects the self-esteem and privacy of the students.

Capacity Committee: The Capacity Committee, chaired by Tom Gunlock, discussed the following topics:

  • Diversity strategy recommendations: The committee reviewed twelve overall positive responses from school districts regarding the diversity strategy recommendations included in the document “Diversity Strategies for Successful Schools:  Final Recommendations” prepared by researchers at the Kirwan Institute at The Ohio State University. The State Board of Education had postponed accepting the policy recommendations in April, after a member raised a concern about the impact of the recommendations on homogeneous school districts, and requested that the ODE contact school districts and organizations about their concerns. The committee discussed some small changes in the recommendations to accommodate homogeneous school districts, such as changing must to may in some cases. The changes will be brought back to the committee for review in July.
  • Proposed amendments to Rule 3301-24-04 Entry Year Programs for Teachers: The committee reviewed changes in the rule for Entry Year Program for Teachers.  The changes align with changes in law regarding licensure and the new Residential Program for Teachers.  The committee requested that language be added to the rule that clarifies “non-successful teacher” in the Residential Program and consequences for failure to complete the program requirements.  This rule will be reviewed again by the committee in July 2011.
  • Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) Model Programs: The ODE is required to develop a model PAR program and share the information with the General Assembly. A team of stakeholders has been formed to review the model PAR programs in Ohio and identify common components and how to provide assistance to schools implementing PAR programs. The Achievement Committee received information about the common elements and barriers of PAR model programs in Ohio (Toledo, Columbus, Cincinnati, Brunswick, and Berea) and in the nation.  Some Race to the Top districts have included the implementation of PAR programs in their districts, and have funding to develop these PAR programs, and some Educational Service Centers are interested in implementing PAR programs.  In many cases the PAR programs align with provisions included in the new law SB5 (Jones) Collective Bargaining Reform.
  • Teacher Evaluation Models Used in Other States: The committee received a report outlining state Teacher Evaluation Programs, which includes information about common characteristics for teacher evaluation and how the states address topics such as student growth. The committee requested that information about how Massachusetts evaluates teachers be added to the report, and that the teacher evaluation systems of selected countries be reviewed and included in the report.

Select Committee on Urban Education: The Select Committee on Urban Education, chaired by Joe Farmer, discussed the following topics:

  • Charge, mission, goals:  The committee finalized changes in its charge, including a recommendation that the State Board of Education take steps to improve urban school performance, and include a performance summary of urban districts in their materials.
  • Data Presentations:  The committee discussed data on student achievement in urban school districts and factors that impact graduation rates. The committee noted that provisions included in Sub. HB 153 (Amstutz) Biennial Budget, would lower accountability requirements for community schools, even though the graduation rates for community schools in urban districts are below twenty-five percent and the graduation rates for community schools in non-urban schools are below fifty percent, The committee discussed scheduling an additional meeting to develop legislative amendments related to the charge of the committee.

Legislative and Budget Committee: The Legislative and Budget Committee, chaired by C. Todd Jones, discussed the following topics:

  • Development of State and Federal Legislative Platforms:  The committee discussed the development of a structure and time table to develop federal and state legislative policies so that the Board can respond in a timely manner. Some committee members noted that the Board already had a federal platform, approved by the Board in October 2011, to address federal education issues.
  • Proposed Legislation Regarding Dyslexia: Two bills regarding dyslexia (HB96 – Celeste and Brenner and HB 157-Schuring) have been introduced in the Ohio House and are being considered by the House Education Committee, chaired by Representative Stebelton. The committee received information from the ODE Office of Special Education that identified concerns about provisions of these bills, such as the number of students who could be served by a proposed pilot program in the bill, and the age when students would be first screened for dyslexia. The committee was also concerned about the cost to the ODE to implement these bills, and decided that the committee would provide comments about the bills to the General Assembly as an interested party, and request that funding to implement the program be included.
  • House changes included in Sub. HB 153 (Amstutz) Biennial Budget:  The committee received a summary of the changes in Sub. HB153 (Amstutz) Biennial Budget, as approved by the House.  The substitute bill makes a variety of changes in the proposed budget regarding state aid; phase-out of the tangible personal property tax; community schools; teacher compensation, tenure, and evaluation programs; Educational Service Centers; and more.  The bill includes an additional $80 million in state aid for school districts, which was possible because of adjustments made in other line items and the use of higher revenue estimates from the Legislative Service Commission compared to revenue estimates used by the governor’s office.
  • School District Net Indebtedness: The committee also received information about a situation that some districts are facing as they reach the nine percent limit on indebtedness. Districts can not put a tax issue on the ballot if their debt exceeds nine percent of their tax valuation unless the Superintendent of Public Instruction declares the district to be in special needs status.  The committee approved a request by the ODE to discuss with the governor’s office proposed language to include in Sub. HB153 regarding this issue. The proposed language would balance the need for districts to meet their capital needs and maintain the objective of a debt limit.

Technology and Education Systems Committee The Technology and Education Systems Committee, chaired by vice chair Tess Elshoff, discussed the following topics:

  • Committee’s vision, purpose, and scope: The committee examined its proposed scope and how to best align time and resources to accelerate student achievement through technology.  The committee wants to examine initiatives in Florida (Florida Virtual), which seems to be leading the nation in integrating technology in schools.

Also, during the Monday meeting, the Board recognized Ohio’s Schools to Watch, and conducted a 119 Hearing on Rules 3301-24-14 Supplemental Teaching License and 3301-58-01-03 Value Added Rules.

MEETING ON MAY 10, 2010
The State Board of Education received a presentation from Dr. Bob Sommers, Director of the Governor’s Office of 21st Century Skills regarding Governor Kasich’s Education Reform Agenda.  Many of the provisions of the reform agenda are included in Sub. HB153 (Amstutz) Biennial Budget as introduced.  Dr. Sommers opined that the traditional education system is no longer efficacious, and a new system that puts students first; prepares students for global competition; increases student achievement; utilizes technology; and is accountable and transparent to the public, should be implemented.

The Governor’s Agenda for Education Reform focuses on the following concepts to achieve results:

  • Hire and retain superior teachers and principals and provide bonuses for student growth; support Teach for America; ensure quality based evaluation and compensation; test teachers in poor performing schools; and streamline the dismissal processes for teachers.
  • Support Innovation and Stop Failure:  Rank schools on performance; recognize the best schools; create innovation schools and zones; give parents take-over rights; and close chronically failing schools.
  • Invest in Students:  Encourage shared health and human services and support a new role for the ESCs in this area; report on classroom expenditures; and repeal the EBM.
  • Expand Choice:  Double the number of EdChoice scholarships; remove the cap on charter schools except for poor quality sponsors; eliminate the automatic transfer of collective bargaining agreements in conversion charter schools; enhance charter school access to facilities.
  • Create a digital-friendly state:  Give students the right to choose online coursework; simplify and focus state educational technology leadership; and build a platform for Ohio’s innovative teachers.

Following the presentation the Board convened its business meeting and immediately met in executive session.  When the Board resumed its business meeting it received committee reports and the report of the of the Interim Superintendent of Public Instruction, which included information about the following topics:

  • College and Career Readiness Agenda:  Ohio is on-track to implement a college and career readiness agenda through the following:  adopting policies that align high school standards with the demands of college and careers as specified in Ohio’s Common Core standards in English and math and the revisions of Ohio’s science and social studies standards; requiring students to take a college and career-ready curriculum to earn a high school diploma through Ohio’s Core; developing a high school assessment system (implemented in the 2014-15 school year) which is aligned to the Common Core standards; developing an accountability system (report cards, rankings, and federal requirements) that promotes college and career readiness.
  • Race to the Top: Schools and school districts participating in Race to the Top are completing their first year of work and will be preparing progress reports and reviewing the scope and budgets for year 2.
  • National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials Award:  Ohio has received an award for Targeted Technical Assistance to expand work on providing specialized formats and instructional materials for students with disabilities.
  • SkillsUSA Ohio Championship Highlights: SkillsUSA is the premiere career tech education showcase of the state and is supported by over 700 business, government, and education partners. This year over 100 schools and over 2000 students participated in 86 competitive categories.

The Board then took action on eight personnel items and the resolutions included below. The Board considered old business, new business, miscellaneous business, and accepted  public participation on non-agenda items from Alexis Rainbow regarding sponsorship of the Arts Academy Lorain and the Arts Academy West Cleveland.  The Board then adjourned. Following the Board meeting the Legislative and Budget Committee, chaired by C. Todd Jones, resumed its meeting.

RESOLUTIONS CONSIDERED BY THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION AT THE MAY 2011 MEETING

#4  Approved a resolution of intent to endorse the 100 Percent Tobacco-Free Schools Campuses Model Policy.

#5  Approved a resolution of the Colonel Crawford Local School District Board of Education to sever from the territory of the Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center and annex to the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center pursuant to Section 3311.059 of the Ohio Revised Code.

#6  Approved a resolution of the Wynford Local School District Board of Education to sever from the Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center and annex to the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center pursuant to Section 3311.059 of the ORC.

#12  Approved a resolution regarding public participation at the June 2011 State Board of Education meeting.

#13  Approved a resolution to make ten appointments to the Educator Standards Board.

#14  Approved a motion regarding the process that will be used by the State Board of Education to conduct a search for the new Superintendent of Public Instruction.

#15  Approved a motion to refer to the Legislative and Budget Committee a request to examine and adopt a position regarding pending legislation that would remove or reduce the role of the State Board of Education in approving transfers of school districts from one ESC to another.

#16 Approved a motion to take an interested party position on HB96 (Celeste and Brenner) and HB157 (Schuring & Letson) Dyslexia, with the intent to endorse the bills if funding is appropriated to administer the provisions of the bills.

#17  Approved a motion to endorse a letter from the State Board of Education supporting the candidacy of Kristen McKinley for president of the National School Boards Association (NASBE).

ETPI Study on Revenue Options Released:  The Education Tax Policy Institute (ETPI) released on May 13, 2011 a commissioned study entitled “Revenue Options for Ohio’s Future” prepared by Bill Fox and Don Bruce, tax policy experts at the University of Tennessee.  The study provides an overview of Ohio’s tax structure, including state and local taxes; compares Ohio’s tax system and tax burden with other states; evaluates the tax policy changes implemented through 126-HB66 (2005); provides options that would provide more flexibility to raise revenue; and provides a detailed look at the individual income tax, the general sales tax, and the property tax.

According to the study, Ohio’s state and local tax burden is similar to the national average and near the median of benchmark states.  Ohio ranks 17th lowest in state taxes levied, but is at the national average when local and state taxes are combined. This is explained by policy changes that have shifted responsibility for funding local services, including education, to local entities.  There has also been a net reduction in business tax liabilities as a result of the phase-out of the tangible personal property tax.

The researchers determined that tax reform starting in 2005 (through 126-HB66) improved economic development in Ohio and the efficacy of the state’s tax system in terms of compliance and administration. Ohio now has a broad base for business, sales, and income taxes, which could be expanded to increase revenue.

On the downside, the tax reforms reduced the overall progressivity of Ohio’s tax structure and lowered state revenue by $3 billion.  And, the policy changes made to reform Ohio’s tax system have made raising revenue more difficult during the recession. These policy changes include the phase-out of the tangible personal property tax and corporate franchise tax; creation of the Commercial Activity Tax (CAT); reductions in individual income and sales tax rates; and increases in the cigarette tax.

As a result of tax reform and the recession, state revenues in Ohio have declined by 14.6 percent compared to a 11.1 percent decline in average states. In addition, some of the projected revenues promised through tax reform have not materialized.

When combined with the expiration of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in July 2011, the study notes, “Ohio and its leaders need to decide quickly whether the resulting decline in important public services is consistent with service demands by the state’s citizens or if new revenue sources should be found.”

Recommendations to increase revenue include the following:

  • Broader taxation of Social Security, railroad retirement, and other retirement income sources could raise $244 million per year.
  • Returning to pre-HB66 marginal tax rates could generate up to about $2.5 billion in new revenue.
  • Broader taxation of services could help stabilize the sales tax base relative to the economy, improve revenue growth, and reduce the distorting effects when goods are broadly taxed while many services are exempt.
  • Better compliance with the sales tax on remote transactions, such as by becoming a full member of the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board, could also raise revenue.
  • Comprehensive reforms (including a constitutional amendment) would be needed to fix several problems identified with property taxes, which are the largest source of revenue for local governments. The problems with the property tax include the complexity and lack of transparency; its inter-connectedness with education finance; and the narrowing of the property tax base, which has led to greater stress on the state’s fiscal condition.

The report is available.

Bills Introduced

  • HB224 (Dovilla & Stinziano)  Absent Voter’s Ballots: Permits uniformed services and overseas voters to request ballot applications and absent voter’s ballots by electronic mail or internet delivery; specifies that a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot submitted by such a persons may be used as the person’s voter registration form and absent voter’s ballot; establishes emergency election procedures for such persons involved in armed conflicts, troop mobilizations, or other emergencies; and adds daughters-in-law and sons-in-law to the list of family members who may request an absent voter’s ballot on behalf of a uniformed services or overseas voter.
  • SB167 (Cates) College preparatory Boarding School Facilities: Permits the establishment of public college-preparatory boarding schools for at-risk students to be operated by private nonprofit entities, and establishes the College-Preparatory Boarding School Facilities Program.
  • HB221 (Mecklenborg & Driehaus) College Preparatory boarding School Facilities:  Permits the establishment of public college-preparatory boarding schools for at-risk students to be operated by private nonprofit entities, and establishes the College-Preparatory Boarding School Facilities Program.
  • SB165 (Obhof & Grendall) State Academic Standards: Includes content on specified historical documents in the state academic standards and in the high school American history and government curriculum.

FYI ARTS
Music Organizations Respond to Secretary Duncan’s Letter to Teachers:  Several music organizations issued on May 10, 2011 a response to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s Open Letter to Teachers (May 2, 2011) submitted for Teacher Appreciation Week.  The organizations include the National Association for Music Education – MENC; American String Teachers Association; Chorus America; the League of American Orchestras; Music Publishers Association of the United States; Music Teachers National Association; the National Association of Schools of Music: and the National Guild for Community Arts Education.

The letter thanks Secretary Duncan for his willingness to work with teachers to improve student achievement, and makes the following requests regarding the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act:

  • Retain the arts as a core academic subject in the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and recognize music as an essential element of the arts.
  • Ensure that the re-authorization of ESEA balances music teacher responsibility, state and local curricular control, and accountability.
  • Support opportunities for every student in the United States to reap the benefits of a high quality music education experience, including curricular offerings in choir, band and orchestra, as well as broader engagements for the general school population.
  • Engage in the collection of robust data on the presence of music programs across the nation so that Americans can be assured that our students are receiving a well-rounded education and music advocates can better understand how to apply their resources.
  • Include questions about music education in the Department’s Schools and Staffing, Teacher Follow-up, and Principal Follow-up surveys.
  • Implement the National Assessment of Educational Progress in the Arts every five years.

The letter is available.

Article Highlights How Technology Supports the Arts:  The May/June issue of the Harvard Education Letter includes an article by Patti Hartigan entitled “Bringing Art into School Byte by Byte”.

The author questions how new media is changing traditional instruction in the arts, and asks what it means to be an arts specialist in the digital age?

The article describes how arts educators are discovering how to create art through technology, and are advocating for the arts (A) to be included in STEM schools to make them STEAM schools and ensure that students have access to a well-rounded education.

The article includes information about a January 2011 workshop entitled “Bridging STEM to STEAM: Developing New Frameworks for Art/Science Pedagogy” (http://stemtosteam.org), held at the Rhode Island School of Design.  This workshop brought together engineers, scientists, and artists to explore ways to infuse the arts and design into STEM education.  As a result, advocates of STEAM, such as Representative James Langevin, have requested that Congress add the arts and design into federally funded STEM programs.

Several examples in the article, including programs in Alabama, Tuscon, and the Boston Arts Academy, describe how technology is being used to bring the arts into, or back into schools, by expanding access to new forms of digital arts, combining new media with traditional arts, or integrating the arts with other disciplines.

For example, as a graduation requirement, all high school students in Alabama are required to complete an arts survey course, which includes dance, music, visual arts, and theater.  In order to ensure student access to all arts disciplines included in the course, some rural schools in Alabama are using a distance learning program called ACCESS, which provides interactive video conferencing equipment to support instruction in foreign languages, advanced placement, and now the arts. The state launched an online arts survey course in September 2010 that introduces the arts in interactive and creative ways,

The Tucson United School District is also revamping the arts curriculum in 13 schools through an arts integration program called “Opening Minds through the Arts” (OMA). The program incorporates digital tools to help students create music and visual arts projects.

A student at the Boston Academy of the Arts recently developed a course to teach young people how to use digital 3-D printers to draft 3-D sculptures.  Arts teachers at the school encourage students to think about how to use digital tools and traditional tools to create art.

The article is available.

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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, The John F. Kennedy Center, 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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