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STEM to STEAM : Arts in Education Returns via OR Rep Bonamici

A GIFT TO ALL US STUDENTS! Arts in Education Returns via OR Rep Bonamici, Turns STEM to STEAM!

As you may know, congressional education leaders began a series of face-to-face meetings two weeks ago to hammer out remaining differences between House and Senate bills to reform K-12 education. The committee completed their work this afternoon.

In a conference committee meeting on November 19, arts education had a breakthrough moment. U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) offered an amendment to integrate the arts into the nation’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs. Rep. Bonamici, a co-chair of the Congressional STEAM Caucus, has tried to offer similar amendments in previous legislative efforts.

Today, Rep. Bonamici’s amendment to integrate the arts into STEM and promote a well-rounded education was approved unanimously by the joint House-Senate Conference Committee!

This is of particular significance because her amendment was unanimously adopted by voice vote by the

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Cultural Advocacy Coalition 2015 Legislative Report

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2015 Legislative Report On July 6, 2015, at 6:04 p.m. the 79th Session of the Oregon Legislature adjourned “Sine Die.” Over the 155 days of the session, the 90 elected members of the Oregon Legislative Assembly convened the 2015 Legislative Session amid uncertainty around the strength of the Oregon economy, a looming Supreme Court decision regarding the PERS reforms adopted by the legislature in 2014 and investigations into possible misconduct by Governor John Kitzhaber and First Lady Cylvia Hayes. Eleven days after the start of session, Governor Kitzhaber announced his resignation and five days later Secretary of State Kate Brown was sworn in as Oregon’s 38th Governor. While most pundits expected chaos and a rough leadership transition to ensue, Governor Brown moved quickly to solidify her leadership team and to partner with Speaker Tina Kotek and Senate President Peter Courtney.

Culture in the 2015 Legislative Session

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

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. The 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.

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Giving Voice to the Arts - eNews Update from Americans for the Arts

Giving Voice to the Arts - Americans for the Arts

In this issue: ArtsVote2012 Programs Featured at the Political Conventions Sport Your Action Fund Wares Research from Americans for the Arts Shaping Federal Arts Policy Supporting Arts Advocacy in States and Cities PAC Update Message from the President – Elections are not just about the candidates you vote for, but the policies they support and the impact they will have on the arts in your community.

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Vote Expected on Legislation Calling for Termination of Federal Arts Education Programs

This week, legislation proposed by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) calling for the termination of 43 education programs at the U.S. Department of Education, including arts education, is expected to be brought to a vote this week in the House Education and Wo…

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