Category Archives: Arts Education Advocacy

November 16

State Plan for ESSA

The State Department of Education released their first draft of the State Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act. Review the draft State Plan here.   Give your feedback at the upcoming Town Hall meetings in Yukon, Muskogee and Enid. Background and information for arts education advocates about the Every Student Succeeds Act in Oklahoma can be […]

November 14

Arts Education: Serving All Students

This diagram show the ways students benefit from arts education in their schools and communities. Each part of the arts education ecosystem is important to benefit students. As we advocate for more certified arts teachers in schools or more community arts groups serving neighborhoods, let’s respect the role of each. Americans for the Arts and […]

November 01

Arts Education & ESSA

Laws and policy are changing education standards and accountability. Oklahoma’s Department of Education is working now to decide how our state will implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Our State Department of Oklahoma is creating a State Plan in preparation for implementation of ESSA for the 2017-18 academic year. Each state must revise its accountability […]

May 13

Speak up for Arts Education: Petition

We — a diverse group of active and engaged residents of Oklahoma — are writing to you in strong support of arts education as imperative for Oklahoma students. We believe Oklahoma should be a state where each child participates in high-quality arts learning experiences in school and the community… As school districts across the state struggle […]

July 30

School Districts Receive Increased Per-Pupil Allocation from State for Coming School Year

From the Oklahoma State Department of Eduction On July 18, the State Department of Education released to school districts initial state aid allocations for the FY14 school year. Districts will see an increase in per-pupil funding of $8.60 per student. The initial allocation for FY14 is $3,038.60 per student as opposed to the $3,030.00 received for […]

Americans for the Arts logo July 19

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

From Americans for the Arts This 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 […]

Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Below are two separate action alerts that we want to share with you regarding the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The first is from the National Association of State Arts Agencies and the second is from our parent organization, Americans for the Arts. Please consider emailing your FEDERAL lawmakers about this legislation. The next 24 […]

July 14

Saige, American Girl Arts Advocate

Saige, the latest story in the American Girl collection, was released to DVD on July 2. Saige is among other things an avid arts advocate. When her Albuquerque school eliminates the arts program because of budget cuts, she launches an advocacy campaign to bring it back. The name of the campaign is A Day of […]

May 18

No Chance At Life

Kate Eshelman just got the worst news. For an arts teacher anyway. On April 6, she wrote the following on her blog, Lessons From the K-12 Art Room: I just received news that the K-12 art program in my school district is being cut due to lack of funding.  While I am upset about losing […]

April 26

Say Cheese.

Selfie Definition 1: A picture taken of yourself that you plan to upload to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+ or any other sort of social networking website. You can usually see the person’s arm holding out the camera. Selfie Definition 2: A strange phenomenon in which the photographer is also the subject of the photograph, in […]