CALL TO ACTION:
BE AN ART ADVOCATE!
The Virginia Board of Education will hold a series of public hearings throughout the state in July and August to gather feedback from families, educators, and community members on student expectations, how schools are accredited, and school resources. Please see the Talking Points. This document has contact information, dates and tips. We need as many of you as are able to attend and speak at one of the meetings.
Important topics include:
• The Standards of Accreditation including changes to high school graduation requirements and changes to how schools will be accredited in the future
• The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan
• Identifying conditions and needs of public education, for updating the Board’s comprehensive plan and annual report to the Governor and General Assembly
Specifcally - Graduation Credit Requirement in the Fine Arts
Full Funding for Elementary Art and Music Teachers
STEM to STEAM
Impact of required middle school Career Investigations Course
This document is for you to leave behind after you speak (DOCX, PDF). Make changes, personalize it, add your contact information at the bottom. Be and advocate for the arts!
Public comments on other issues are also welcome.
Here is a snapshot of State Policies for Arts Education
The two pages from 2014 are the most recent and up-to-date information that compares state policies for arts education. Most notably from the chart, Virginia has not agreed to.