From the Federal Register
Applications for New Awards; Assistance for Arts Education Programs-Professional Development for Arts Educators Grants
Purpose of Program: The Assistance for Arts Education program is authorized under Title IV, Part F, Subpart 4 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act. It is intended to enrich the academic experiences by promoting arts education for students, including disadvantaged students and students who are children with disabilities. The Professional Development for Arts Educators grant specifically supports the implementation of high-quality model professional development programs for arts educators and other instructional staff in the areas of music, dance, drama, media arts, and visual arts, including folk arts, for students in kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) in which 50 percent or more of the students are from low-income families.
Type of Award: Discretionary grants.
Estimated Available Funds: The Further Continuing and Security Assistance Appropriations Act, 2017, would provide, on an annualized basis, $26,948,673 for the Arts in Education program, of which we would use an estimated $7,100,000 for this competition.
Estimated Number of Awards: 20-25.
It is a well known fact that if you want to know the major concern of any organization, you simply analyze their budget.
Charter school growth receives more than $16,000,000 to fund three discretionary awards while Arts education receives $7,000,000 to fund 20-25 awards.
If our federal government were truly interested in providing every child in America with an excellent education, those figures would be reversed.
Providing all public schools with the funds necessary to support an Arts program that includes “the implementation of high-quality model professional development programs for arts educators and other instructional staff in the areas of music, dance, drama, media arts, and visual arts, including folk arts, for students in kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12)” would increase the learning of all students and curtail the educational failure that propagates the idea that charter schools and vouchers are necessary.
Concentrating on discovering, developing, and directing the gifts and talents all children possess begins with a curriculum founded in the Arts.
Following the funding shows our priorities are charters not children.
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