Legislation Review

The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education periodically produces summaries of federal and state legislation that can potentially impact the delivery of fine arts instruction in Ohio. Please feel free to disseminate these reviews with your colleagues. 


Recommendations in Response to Ohio's Consolidated Plan for ESSA Implementation

February 2017

OAAE believes that there are many opportunities for Ohio’s ESSA Plan to directly support arts education programs, and overall, we had hoped that there would be more emphasis in the consolidated plan about ESSA’s support for a well-rounded education, including the arts.  

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) approved in 1965 was part of President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty” and above all, represented a commitment to equal access to quality education programs and the complete curriculum for all children.

ESSA supports efforts to achieve this goal by providing States and local educational agency (LEAs) with the financial resources and policy support to make it possible for students to achieve more than standards in reading, math, and science. 

OAAE has one overall recommendation and more specific recommendations to add to Ohio’s consolidated plan.  Read OAAE's recommendations.


Summary of Policy Changes in HB49 (R. Smith) Operating Budget

February 2017

Governor Kasich introduced his final biennial budget in the Ohio House on January 30, 2017 as HB49 (R. Smith) Operating Budget.

Appropriations for the Ohio Department of Education are organized into five fund groups that include the General Revenue Fund, the Dedicated Purpose Fund, the Internal Service Activity Fund, the State Lottery Fund, and Federal Funds.


Continue reading: Summary of Policy Changes in HB49


New Arts Support in Well-Rounded Education and Pre-K Guidance on ESSA

October 2016

Memo from Americans for the Arts

This memo is part of a series to state and local arts education leaders providing updates on federal and state implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which contain a dozen provisions impacting arts education. Previously shared policy materials are available online here.

Today [October 21, 2016], the U.S. Department of Education (USED) is releasing guidance relating to a new federal program titled, “Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant Program.” This new program was included in the December 2015 passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).


Continue reading: New Arts Support in Well-Rounded Education


ESSA Summary for Arts Education

May 2016

After years of debate Congress and President Obama agreed on December 10, 2015 to reauthorize the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and end the contentious No Child Left Behind Act. The new federal education law is entitled the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and, in a major policy change, scales back the role of the federal government in the areas of testing, teacher evaluations, academic standards, and school reforms.


Continue reading: ESSA: A Summary of the Law As It Pertains To Arts Education



HB59 Review

July 2013

In addition to appropriations for the Ohio Department of Education and other state departments and agencies, HB59 also includes over a hundred changes in education policies, including several that were strongly opposed by various education stakeholder groups, such as the Ohio School Boards Association, the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, the Ohio Association of School Business Officials, the Ohio Federation of Teachers, the Ohio Education Association, and the Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy of School Funding. 


NCLB and Talking Points for Arts Education

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act is currently under consideration. The NCLB and Talking Points for Arts Education were used in 2008-10 and may prove helpful as the re-authorization process is happening in 2011.

This document is an update of a 2007 unified statement which was endorsed by more than 60 national organizations, representing a cross-section of stakeholders in federal education policy, including teachers, parents, administrators, schools, education policymakers, corporations, and arts and community based institutions.