Although the Federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) outlines that the arts are a critical component of a child’s education, New York is one of only 19 states that does not consider the arts a core curriculum subject. As arts educators we know these programs are a foundational component to a well-rounded education, from Pre-K all the way through high school.
Given the lack of compliance with current arts education teaching requirements, NYCAIER has offered its full support of S4525 (sponsored by Senator Rachel May) and A1788 (sponsorship by Assemblymember Kimberly Jean-Pierre). Simply put, these bills would put arts education on par with other required New York State education curriculum subjects. We believe the first step to addressing the inequities in access to and funding for arts education.