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Art in Education to Improve with Senate Vote on Every Child Achieves Act

Great news! Today, the U.S. Senate voted to approve the Every Child Achieves Act (S.1177) by a vote of 81-17 which is a remarkable finish, especially considering the nearly 200 amendments that were filed that could have sunk the bill.

Senate Education Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander delivers final speech on the Senate floor before the vote on the Every Child Achieves Act

The current law, No Child Left Behind, expired in 2007. The Senate has not considered K-12 education legislation on the Senate floor since 2001, which gives a sense of the momentous significance to this vote.

In a statement, Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts said, “Arts education leaders across the country are looking for federal leadership, certainty, and support to ensure access to the arts for all students, in school and out of school. Today, we all can take pride in seeing a huge step toward achieving this goal with the Senate’s action. There is hope for an end to the current patchwork of state waivers, and to advance policy to enable every child to receive a complete education that includes the arts.”

Thanks, in part, to the work done by dozens of national arts and arts education organizations and tens of thousands of advocates, like yourself, who have weighed in year after year as part of the national Arts Advocacy Day event on Capitol Hill, hosted by Americans for the Arts, the Senate bill contains 11 arts-friendly provisions, and retains the arts as a core academic subject —a priority for Americans for the Arts and the arts education field.

Today’s vote clears the way for the House and Senate to begin a final bill that can be signed into law. Americans for the Arts will work with advocates to build an unprecedented coalition to strengthen arts education in the final legislation.

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