House Committee to Vote on Termination of Arts Education Program

23 May

The House Education & Workforce Committee has just scheduled a meeting on Wednesday morning to vote on legislation that would terminate the Arts in Education program at the U.S. Department of Education. Oregon’s member of Congress, Rep. David Wu, is on that committee and can help prevent that from happening.

Last month you might recall that vigorous grassroots advocacy successfully rescued the Arts in Education program and helped secure a $25 million budget for arts programs across the country. This legislation scheduled for a vote on Wednesday (HR 1891) is even more serious because it would permanently terminate this federal program by stripping it out of the Elementary & Secondary Education Act.

The lead sponsor of this bill calls the Arts in Education program “unnecessary” and “inappropriate.”  We think that the arts have too often been shoved to the margins when our schools need them most.  Don’t let HR 1891 further narrow the educational opportunities of our nation’s students.

Please take two minutes to send a quick customizable message and call on Rep. David Wu to work against this effort to terminate the Arts in Education program.

Help us continue this important work by becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund. If you are not already a member play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today — it’s free and simple.

source: Americans for the Arts


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