Integrating Arts into the STEM Curricula

As you may know, congressional education leaders began a series of face-to-face meetings earlier this month to hammer out remaining differences between the US House and Senate bills to reform K-12 education. The committee completed their work last week.

In a conference committee meeting, arts education had a breakthrough moment. U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) offered an amendment to integrate the arts into the nation’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs. Rep. Bonamici, a co-chair of the Congressional STEAM Caucus, has tried to offer similar amendments in previous legislative efforts.

On November 19, Rep. Bonamici’s amendment allowing Title IV formula grants to fund the development of programs that integrate the arts into STEM and promote a well-rounded education was approved unanimously.

There will be more legislative news to share on this Elementary & Secondary Education Act rewrite when the bill text is made available November 30th. Final votes could occur as soon as the first week of December.

This month’s article comes from last month’s source, where the author talks to superintendents about why it’s important to support their music programs and integrate the Arts into their STEM curricula.

From Superintendent Greg Little (Mt. Airy City Schools in North Carolina): The A—the arts—makes everything else make sense. If we ignore the arts side, the creative side, we lose the soul of what we’re doing and the why of what we’re doing.

Click HERE for article.

Jim Dowdy, OMEA Music Education Advocacy Chair

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