I called for a Fight For Education: Do Something! on this blog a few days ago. In the past two days, I have gotten a lot of support from people who read BornStoryteller and, out of “the blue,” I have gotten a number of emails with links to organizations calling for our help.
I will keep this short on my part because I really want you to click on the links, read, and hopefully not only take up the call for action but that you will also pass it on. That is as important: PASS IT ON. Let others in your network(s) know you care, and you are bringing this to their attention because you care about the state of Education and The Arts, in and out of schools.
Below, you will find some links to sites, and two postings. There are more places to check out. Look for that in future postings.
Here is the letter I got from them:
Last month, a piece of federal legislation named “Setting New Priorities in Education Spending Act” (HR 1891) was introduced for the purpose of terminating 43 existing federal education programs, including Arts in Education. The Arts in Education program currently funds 57 active education projects around the country, and to date has supported more than 210 competitive grants serving students in high-need schools, as well as the affiliates of the Kennedy Center and VSA arts education programs.
The Arts in Education program also provides critical federal leadership in supporting a well-rounded curriculum throughout our nation’s public schools.
On May 25, the House Education & Workforce Committee approved HR 1891 by a party-line vote of 23 Republicans to 16 Democrats. Americans for the Arts worked with Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) and other members of that committee who offered an amendment that sought to restore some of these education programs, including arts education, but that amendment failed to pass.
The full House of Representatives may vote on HR 1891 prior to their August Congressional Recess. The Senate education committee, however, is not expected to consider HR 1891 as Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) plans on offering a separate, more comprehensive bill to reauthorize the Elementary & Secondary Education Act.
We call on arts advocates to contact their House Representative through our customizable e-alert and request that they oppose HR 1891 because it seeks to terminate the critical federal support directed to arts education. Don’t let this bill narrow the curriculum of our students.
Another email that piggy backed the one above:
Did you call your PA State Senator to ask for support for state arts funding?Posted by Jenny L. Hershour at 10:45am
Have you contacted your PA State Senator about restoring funds to the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts at the levels that Gov. Corbett set in March? He proposed $8.262 million for grants to the arts and $895,000 for administration of the PCA.
If you have contacted your senator, please send me a message at email@example.com to tell me about your conversation. Did your senator respond to your call? If so, what did he/she say? If not, will you call the office again to ask for a response?
If you haven’t contacted your senators and representatives, the time to do so is now. The budget bill came out of the Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday and is being considered by the full Senate today. Time is running out…if you care about state arts funding, call your legislators today. Contact information can be found at http://capwiz.com/artsusa/pa by typing your zipcode in the box at the top right hand corner of the page.
Either way, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let me know how your calls went.
Citizens for the Arts in PA
And now, for something completely different: