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U.S. House Defeats Miller Amendment, Approves Education Rewrite

From Americans for the Arts

Americans for the Arts logoThis morning the U.S. House of Representatives completed floor action on a rewrite of the Elementary & Secondary Education Act taking a major step to end the era of No Child Left Behind.

The bill H.R. 5 was approved 221-207, with 12 GOP members joining the Democratic caucus in voting against the legislation which would dramatically, and unfortunately, reduce the federal leadership offered in arts education and support for access and equity to a complete education for public school students across the country.

Earlier in the day, the House considered a substitute amendment offered by Democratic education leader Rep. George Miller (D-CA) who had included several pro-arts provisions in his amendment that have been strongly supported by Americans for the Arts through their development. That amendment was defeated 193-233 through a mostly party-line vote.

The next step for federal education reform will be Senate consideration of S.1094 championed by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) which also has strong pro-arts provisions included in it. The Senate is expected to consider that legislation later this Fall. Please take two minutes to share with your member of Congress a customizable message in support of arts education.

Americans for the Arts, with your help, will continue to advocate for the Harkin bill and strengthening federal arts education support as Congress considers this reauthorization.

Please help us continue this important work by becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund. If you are not already a member, you can play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today — it’s free and easy to join.