Arts advocacy is an enormous issue facing Kentucky as well as our nation today. The Kentucky Art Education Association is committed to Art advocacy at regional, state and national levels. We continue to participate in the Arts Advisory Council, Kentucky Task Force for Environmental Literacy, and the National Art Education Association. Recently, we formed an alliance with The Kentucky Music Educators Association in state advocacy efforts.
A grassroots effort by our members will translate into larger returns for Kentucky. KyAEA members can become active in contacting state and local representatives with clear and concise statements which not only describe the advantages of a Quality Arts Education, but also convey the importance of funding in the arts.
The recently filed SB1-2016 proposes significant statutory changes that allow more local control of education and reduce the burden of standardized testing on schools and districts. The KCAE supports efforts to reduce the amount of time consumed by testing and highly complicated accountability structures, and the regrettable instructional practice of “teaching to the test.” However, any assessment and accountability system defined by assigning rewards for high-performing schools, or requiring corrective measures for underperforming schools causes schools to prioritize the accountability components that lead to those rewards. Under that system, subjects not supported by any form of statutory accountability will be marginalized.
An access an analysis of SB1: https://www.kmea.org/SB1Analysis/SB12016KCAEAnalysis-Advocacy.pdf