Update on the Mayoral Candidates Forum

On July 30, the leading candidates to be the city’s next mayor participated in a lively discussion on the future of arts, education and culture in New York City.

By Doug Israel, The Center for Arts Education

This past Tuesday night, the leading candidates to be the city’s next mayor participated in a lively discussion on the future of arts, education and culture in New York City at Teacher’s College.

While the mayoral hopefuls have been highlighting their support for arts education on the campaign trail over the past several months, this was, by far, the most extensive conversation to date by the candidates on the subject.

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We were very encouraged to hear the candidates publicly state their support for many policy solutions that we believe would help expand and improve arts education in city schools. Amongst many promising ideas, these stood out:

*   Most of the candidates agreed that the dedicated funding line for arts education should be restored, with some calling for an increase from the previous level of $65 per student.

*   The case was made by several candidates for holding schools accountable for providing the arts instruction that is required by state law, and even including the arts in school progress report cards.

*   One leading candidate proposed the creation of an itinerant pool of arts teachers to fill gaps in coverage at small schools to ensure that every child receives instruction by a certified arts teacher.

The forum, hosted by our partners at the One Percent for Culture campaign and Young Audiences New York, complemented the work of a growing coalition of over 40 arts, education and child advocacy organizations working to engage and educate candidates running for municipal office here in New York City.

If you have not yet reviewed the candidates’ responses to the survey the coalition sent to all of the candidates, you can view them HERE.

As the campaign progresses, we’ll be sure to keep you informed and engaged as well.

Best,
Doug Israel

To read more about the event, check out the coverage in Gotham Schools and SchoolBook or for a play-by-play of the event you can also follow the stream of live-tweets that occurred throughout  the night.

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