arts education news
Bipartisan legislative committee unanimously affirms historic update to Illinois’ arts learning standards
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July 12, 2016
Illinois is now a national leader in this key area of arts education.
Americans for the Arts and the National Lieutenant Governors Association presented Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon with the Public Leadership in the Arts Award for State Arts Leadership, which honors a public official who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the advancement of the arts at the state level.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel was joined by Chicago Symphony Orchestra Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma in announcing the investment of an additional $500,000 of City funding towards the implementation of the first ever Arts Education Plan for the Chicago Public Schools.
The government has started to phase in $85 billion in cuts to federal spending. These far-reaching and across-the-board cuts, referred to as sequestration, translate into a $7.3 million cut to the National Endowment for the Arts.
In Illinois today, 80 percent of jobs require some sort of postsecondary degree, yet only 30% of the state’s adults ever earn one. To raise the bar, Illinois -- and 44 other states -- have adopted Common Core State Standards.