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Curriculum--Arts Education


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State Status/Date Level Summary
MEBecame law without governor's signature 06/2013P-12Course Options for Meeting Arts Graduation Requirements
H.R. 138
Requires the Department of Education to amend its rules to provide that high school graduation requirements in the area of visual and performing arts may be met by completion of a credit in dance, music, theater, forensics or visual arts. The department is to ...

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ARSigned into law 04/2013P-12Arts Education
H.B. 1689
Creates a 5-year, 15-school arts curriculum program pilot. Creates grant eligibility and accountability reporting schedule.
http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2013/2013R/Bills/HB1689.pdf...

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CASigned into law 06/2012P-12Appropriations and Reappropriations
S.B. 1016 - Appropriations and Reappropriations
From section 56 of bill summary: Reduces by various amounts appropriations made for supplemental school counseling, special education, partnership academies, instructional support to help pupils pass the high school exit examination, English language tutoring ...

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NCSigned into law 06/2011P-12Establishes the Arts Education Commission
H.B. 758
Establishes The Arts Education Commission in the General Assembly to: (1) Review, prioritize, and recommend implementation strategies for the recommendations of the Comprehensive Arts Education Plan for K-12; (2) Recommend the content and process to establish ...

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UTTo governor 03/2011P-12Beverley Taylor Sorenson Elementary Arts Learning Program
S.B. 217
Effective with the 2011-12 school year, permits a district or charter school to receive a grant through the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Elementary Arts Learning Program if the district or charter school provides matching funds for 10% of the grant amount. Directs...

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NCSigned into law 07/2010P-12Comprehensive Arts Education Development Plan
S.B. 66
Directs the state board of education to appoint a task force of members from the Department of Public Instruction and the Department of Cultural Resources to create a Comprehensive Arts Education Development plan for the public schools. The task force must spe...

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COSigned into law 05/2010P-12
Postsec.
Community College
Visual and Peforming Arts Standards
H.B. 1273
Amends several provisions of the Preschool to Postsecondary Education Alignment Act to specifically incorporate visual arts and performing arts education into the standards, assessments, and postsecondary and workforce readiness program that the state board of...

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WISigned into law 03/2010P-12Incentives for Community Theaters to Serve Arts Programs
A.B. 375
Relates to a property tax exemption for certain nonprofit community theaters that have a specified seating capacity and include facilities used for arts education.
http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2009/data/AB-375.pdf...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12Revised K-12 Curriculum Requirements
H.B. 3 - Section 25
Requires the state board to adopt rules requiring students in grades 6-8 to complete at least one fine arts course.

Each time the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board revises the Internet database of the coordinating board's official statewide inventory ...

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OKSigned into law 05/2009P-12Oklahoma School for the Visual and Performing Arts
H.B. 1737
Creates the Oklahoma School for the Visual and Performing Arts; provides for a board of trustees; provides for appointment of board; defines terms; states terms, powers and duties of board; provides for filling of vacancies; provides for travel reimbursement; ...

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SCSigned into law 04/2009P-12School District Staffing Flexibility
H.B. 3352
Allows local school districts and special schools to transfer funds among appropriated revenues in order to ensure the delivery of academic and arts instruction; allows school districts suspend certain professional staffing ratios; negotiates salaries for reti...

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KYSigned into law 03/2009P-12State Assessment System
S.B. 1 Section 2(3), 6, 9 and 11
Repeals language referring to the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System (CATS). Directs the state board, using the revised content standards to be approved by December 15, 2010, to implement an annual statewide assessment system for implementation in the ...

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OKSigned into law 06/2008P-12Oklahoma Arts Council Grants
H.B. 2699
Bill expands eligibility for Oklahoma Arts Council incentive grants to organizations, as well as school districts, for establishment of visual arts programs in schools. The bill also expands the sources of funds with which the council may match state appropria...

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AZVetoed 05/2008P-12Curriculum
H.B. 2557
Provides that a school district shall not eliminate or reduce instruction in physical education, the arts, music, career and technical education, or vocational education unless the reduction or elimination is necessary for budgetary reasons, unless the governi...

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GASigned into law 05/2008P-12Georgia Arts Alliance
H.B. 291
Creates the Georgia Arts Alliance to receive and distribute funds for the support of the arts, including the Georgia Council for the Arts, and for teaching and physical infrastructure needed to provide arts and arts in education, for the improvement of educati...

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TNSigned into law 05/2008P-12Art and Music
S.B. 2920
Requires each Local Education Agency to include art and music education in all K-12 public schools (to help each student foster creative thinking, spatial learning, discipline,
craftsmanship and the intrinsic rewards of hard work.) Directs the state board of e...

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TNSigned into law 05/2008P-12Art Supplies
H.B. 3322
Requires that art supplies purchased by any school or school district for use by students in K-6 must be certified non-toxic by the Arts and Creative Materials Institute and must bear the Approved Product (AP) or Certified Product (CP) seal certifying that the...

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UTSigned into law 03/2008P-12Elementary Arts Learning Program
S.B. 2 - Section 25
Establishes the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Elementary Arts Learning Program to enhance the social, emotional, academic and arts learning of students in grades K-6 by integrating arts teaching and learning into core subject areas.

Directs the state board of educ...

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NMSigned into law 02/2008P-12State Charter School for the Arts
S.B. 34
Relates to public schools; enacts the New Mexico school for the arts act; allows for the creation of a state-chartered charter school as a statewide residential high school for the arts; exempts the school from certain provisions of the charter schools act; al...

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TNSigned into law 07/2007P-12No Tax on School Art Supplies During Annual Sales Tax Holiday
S.B. 616
Includes school art supplies with a sales price of $100 or less per item as items exempt from sales tax during the annual sales tax holiday. The "sales tax holiday" exempts from tax imposed the following items of tangible personal property, if sold between 12:...

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LASigned into law 06/2007P-12Visual and Performing Arts
S.B. 299
Requires the state board of elementary and secondary education to develop, adopt, and provide for the implementation of a visual arts curriculum and a performing arts curriculum in public schools. Directs the board, during the 2007-2008 school year, to develop...

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NVSigned into law 05/2007P-12Support of VSA arts of Nevada
A.B. 76
Provides for a portion of the money in the Account for License Plates for the Support of the Education of Children in the Arts to be distributed to VSA arts of Nevada
http://www.leg.state.nv.us/74th/Bills/AB/AB76_EN.pdf...

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MESigned into law 03/2007Postsec.Doctoral Degree in Visual Arts
H.B. 361
Authorizes the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts to confer the degree of Doctor of Visual Arts upon students in accordance with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 10704. On December 13, 2006 the State Board of Education voted unani...

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OHSigned into law 12/2006P-12Ohio Core Graduation Requirements
S.B. 311-- Sec. 3313.603(A), (B), (C) Part 1, (K) adn (L)
Increases high school graduation requirements for students entering grade 9 during the 2010-2011 school year (Class of 2014). Increases math units from 3 to 4; requires one unit of Algebra II or its equivalent. Existing 3-unit requirement in science calls for ...

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ILSigned into law 06/2006P-12Arts and Foreign Language Education Grant Program
S.B. 176
Creates an arts and foreign language education grant program to fund arts education and foreign language education programs in the public schools. Provides that emphasis of grant program must be on ensuring that art and foreign language courses are available a...

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OKSigned into law 05/2006P-12NCLB and End-of-Instruction Assessments
S.B. 1792 - Section 4
Clarifies that testing for grades 3, 4, 6 and 7 is contingent on the availability of federal and state funds. Eliminates grade 3 stand-alone language arts test. Clarifies that grade 5 social studies assessment must include U.S. history, the Constitution and ...

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ALSigned into law 04/2006P-12Alabama School of Fine Arts
H.B. 306
Authorizes the administration and faculty of the Alabama School of Fine Arts to identify talented and gifted students whose career interests lie in the arts, and with appropriate counseling, enter into a contract with the student and his or her parents or guar...

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NVAdopted 02/2006P-12Dance as a Major/Minor
NAC 391.131
Establishes rules adding dance to the list of single- subject majorsand minors...

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TXSigned into law 06/2005P-12Charter School Admissions
H.B. 1111
Allows the governing body of an open-enrollment charter school that specializes in one or more performing arts to require an applicant to audition for admission to the school. http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/tlo/textframe.cmd?LEG=79&SESS=R&CHAMBER=H&BIL...

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COSigned into law 05/2005P-12Dropout Prevention Activity Grant Program
H.B. 1024
Creates the dropout prevention activity grant program to fund before- and after-school arts-based and vocational activity programs for students in grades 6-12, with the goal of reducing the student dropout rate. Defines as schools eligible to participate publi...

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SCSigned into law 05/2005P-12Provisions Affecting Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities
S.B. 362
Amends Chapter 50, Title 59, relating to the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. Sets standards for the faculty (hold advanced degrees in recognized arts fields including, but not limited to, dance, music, theater or drama, visual art...

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SCSigned into law 05/2005P-12Arts Awareness License Plates
S.B. 418
Adds a new Section 56-3-5400. Allows the department to issue Arts Awareness special license plates to establish a special fund to be used by the South Carolina Arts Commission for the purpose of funding activities that support a thriving arts environment in So...

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WISigned into law 05/2005P-12Property Tax Exemption for Arts/Arts Education Centers
S.B. 3
An Act to create 70.11 (43) of the statutes; creates a property tax exemption for arts and arts education centers. http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2005/data/acts/05Act4.pdf...

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KSBecame law without governor's signature 04/2005P-12
H.B. 2247 (section 6)
Requires every accredited school to teach the subjects and areas of instruction adopted by the state board of education as of January 1, 2005. Requires every accredited high school to also teach the subjects and areas of instruction necessary to meet the gradu...

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ARSigned into law 03/2005P-12Define Instructional Materials
H.B. 2099
Expands list of "instructional materials" that may be exempt from sales tax when purchased by schools, to include sheet music, electronic software, maps, globes, art supplies, workbooks, flash cards, educational blocks, educational models, manipulatives, chart...

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ARSigned into law 02/2005P-12Visual Art or Music in the Classroom
H.B. 1034
Strikes language requiring districts to increase instruction in grades one through six to one hour each in music and art by June 1, 2005. Continues the requirement for forty minutes of visual art and music every week for students in grades one through six. Add...

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CASigned into law 09/2004P-12Special Interest License Plates
S.B. 1213
Increases the amount of the fees imposed for issuance and renewal of specified special interest license plates approved by the DMV in consultation with the California Arts Council. Requires the council to use the revenue exclusively for arts education and loca...

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LASigned into law 06/2004P-12Fees for Louisiana School of Math, Science, and the Arts
H.B. 431
Increases certain fees imposed by the board of directors of the state school of math, science, and the arts. Increases maximum possible security deposit from $100 to $150; increases maximum possible room and board fee for summer session from $300 to $400 per ...

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VASigned into law 04/2004P-12Art, Music and Physical Education at the Elementary Level
H.B. 1014
Requires local boards to incorporate art, music, and physical education as a part of the instructional program at the elementary school level, and to employ five elementary resource positions per 1,000 students in kindergarten through grade five for art, music...

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CASigned into law 09/2003P-12Arts Education
A.B. 1512
Establishes the Arts Work Visual and Performing Arts Education Program to be administered by the department of education for awarding grants to local educational agencies to develop their capacity to implement high- quality, instructional programs based on the...

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MNSigned into law 05/2003P-12Profile of Learning, High School Graduation Requirements, NCLB-Compliant Testing System, State Standards
H.F. 302 (multiple provisions)
Effective the 2003-04 school year and later, bars the state education commissioner from implementing the profile of learning portion of the state's results-oriented graduation rule, or classroom assessments that schools must use. Replaces references to "result...

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NMSigned into law 04/2003P-12Fine Arts Education Act
H.B. 12
Enacts the Fine Arts Education Act; provides funding for fine arts in public schools through the funding formula; defines the number of program units for teachers certified by the national board....

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KYSigned into law 03/2003P-12Integration of Arts and Foreign Languages into Elementary School Curriculum
S.B. 154
Requires the department to create a program to promote the integration of the arts and foreign languages into the elementary school program. Schools are to submit applications, with the department granting funds to at least one school per region, giving prefer...

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CASigned into law 09/2002P-12Digital Arts Studio Partnership Demonstration Program
S.B. 1937
Enacts the Digital Arts Studio Partnership Demonstration Program Act. Requires the Arts Council to administer the Digital Arts Studio Partnership Demonstration Program, by designating 3 voluntary pilot digital arts studio partnerships in the State, for the pur...

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CASigned into law 09/2002P-12Changes in Art Education
A.B. 2807
Makes nonsubstantive changes to the existing law that establishes the Local Arts Education Partnership Program, a program that develops a locally based approach to art education improvement by using existing community art resources in a planned and coordinated...

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MASigned into law 12/2001P-12Funding for technology training/infrastructure and a music education initiative
H.B. 4797A
Creates the Capital Needs Investment Trust Fund, which sets aside money for education technology; provides for statewide systems and competitive grants for districts that use technology to increase student achievement; funds the virtual education space, an onl...

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ORSigned into law 06/2001P-12Student Bill of Rights, Dual Enrollment
S.B. 65
Eliminates the 2-year second language requirement for students who have completed grade 12; requires all students who have met the requirements for Certificate of Initial Mastery to demonstrate proficiency in second language; requires school districts to make ...

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HISigned into law 05/2001P-12New Arts Positions
H.B. 1391
, Appropriates funds for at least 28 fine arts positions within the Department of Education....

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ARSigned into law 04/2001P-12Art/Music Education
H.B. 1883
Requires public elementary schools to provide instruction in the subjects of visual art or music for all students....

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NMSigned into law 04/2001P-12Marching Band Physical Education
H.B. 554
Establishes marching band as a physical education requirement....

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UTSigned into law 03/2001P-12Music, Art, Dance, Theater
H.B. 174
Requires music, visual art, dance or theater instruction to take place in elementary schools....

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NJSigned into law 09/2000P-12Arts Education
A.B. 2175
Revises the mission of the New Jersey School of Arts to provide assistance to secondary schools in meeting Visual and Performance Arts Standards; appropriates funds....

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CASigned into law 08/2000P-12Art in Schools
S.B. 1390
Makes legislative findings and declarations concerning the value of visual and performing arts. Requires the State Board of Education to adopt content standards for visual and performing arts, pursuant to recommendations developed by the Superintendent of Publ...

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UTSigned into law 03/2000P-12Arts Education Pilot
H.B. 325
Relates to public schools; creates an arts in elementary schools pilot program to determine if a sequential ongoing arts program in the state's elementary schools can improve the overall excellence and scholarship of students; provides components for a preasse...

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