Missouri Alliance for Arts Education

              FY 2016 Advocacy Agenda (click for pdf)

State Board of Education

CONTINUE TO SUPPORT FINE ARTS REQUIRMENTS IN MISSOURI PUBLIC SCHOOLS

MAAE urges that the Missouri State Board of Education support comprehensive sequential fine arts instruction (dance, drama, music and visual art) Pre K – 12, taught by certified fine arts specialists in the appropriate disciplines. The MAAE recommends:

· that school districts be held accountable for fulfilling these requirements

· a minimum of 50 minutes EACH of instruction per week for music and visual art in all elementary schools

· a minimum of 3,000 minutes of fine arts instruction in middle schools for all students

· a one-credit fine arts graduation requirement in all high schools

SUPPORT FOR THE ROLE OF THE ARTS IN THE MISSOURI LEARNING STANDARDS

MAAE supports the implementation of the National Core Arts Standards (developed by professional arts education organizations) and recognizes the role of arts instruction as one of the six core subjects in Missouri schools ensuring the effective education of the whole child throughout their school career.

SUPPORT FOR ARTS PROGRAMS IN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CENTERS

MAAE recommends that DESE fully implement Fine Arts professional development programs in the regional Professional Development Centers.

SUPPORT FOR ARTS INTEGRATION

MAAE recommends that arts integration, as defined by the Kennedy Center, be promoted as an important component in the teaching of all subjects at all levels. In order to achieve this MAAE recommends:

· all education certification candidates be required to complete training in the arts and arts integration

· all administrators receive training on how to implement arts integration in their schools

· data be gathered on the effectiveness of arts integration in schools

SUPPORT FOR BEST PRACTICES ARTS EDUCATOR TRAINING

The MAAE recommends that the following best practices be incorporated for arts educator training:

· placements in both elementary and secondary schools for K-12 certificate student teachers

· use of authentic measurements for teacher candidates rather than standardized objective tests

Missouri General Assembly

SUPPORT FOR THE MISSOURI ARTS COUNCIL

MAAE recommends the Missouri Legislature fully fund the Missouri Arts Council through the existing statute regarding the Non-Resident Professional Athletes and Entertainers Tax (A&E Tax).

SUPPORT FOR FULLY FUNDING THE SCHOOL FOUNDATION FORMULA

MAAE recommends that the Missouri Legislature fully fund the Missouri Public Schools Foundation Formula.

SUPPORT FOR THE  MISSOURI FINE ARTS ACADEMY AND SCHOLARS ACADEMY

MAAE recommends continued and increased state funding for the Missouri Fine Arts Academy and Missouri Scholars Academy so that no eligible student is denied this experience for financial reasons.

SUPPORT FOR STEAM

MAAE recommends that any legislation supporting the current STEM Initiative (Science, Technology Engineering & Mathematics) be expanded to include the Arts (STEAM) in order to support the innovation and creativity necessary to make this program a success.

The Missouri Alliance for Arts Education is non-partisan and does not endorse political candidates.

MAAE supports Arts Education: Every School Every Child Every Day

For more information, please contact Ben Martin, Executive Director bmartin@moaae.org