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H.R. 6137 (115th): GAAME Act of 2018


The text of the bill below is as of Jun 19, 2018 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.

Summary of this bill

How much of a priority should music and arts education be in America’s public schools?

Context

3.9 million public elementary school students have no access to visual arts classes, while 1.3 million have no access to music classes, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

What the bill does

The Guarantee Access to Arts and Music Education (GAAME) Act [H.R. 6137 + S. 3391] would give more American students access to music and arts education.

It would do so by incentivizing such federal money be spent through 2015’s Every Student Succeeds Act, which for the past three years has been the primary legislation governing American education policy. …


I

115th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6137

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 19, 2018

(for herself, Ms. Wilson of Florida, Mr. Meeks, Ms. Jackson Lee, Ms. Clarke of New York, Mr. Serrano, Mr. Engel, Mr. Ellison, Mr. Thompson of Mississippi, Mr. Vela, Mr. Nadler, Mr. Espaillat, Ms. Titus, Mr. Jeffries, Mr. Payne, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Schiff, Mr. Carson of Indiana, Mr. Cicilline, Mr. Hastings, Mrs. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, Mr. Crowley, Ms. Meng, Mr. Tonko, Mr. Quigley, Mr. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, Mrs. Lowey, Mr. Clay, Mr. Gene Green of Texas, Mr. Kilmer, Ms. McCollum, Ms. Shea-Porter, Mr. Langevin, Mr. Reichert, Ms. Matsui, Ms. Norton, Ms. Pingree, and Mr. Pallone) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce

A BILL

To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to expand access to school-wide arts and music programs, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Guarantee Access to Arts and Music Education Act of 2018 or the GAAME Act of 2018.

2.

School-wide access to arts education

Section 1114(b)(7)(A)(iii) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6314(b)(7)(A)(iii)) is amended—

(1)

in subclauses (IV) and (V), by striking ; and and inserting a semicolon; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following:

(VI)

sequential, standards-based arts education taught by certified arts educators (as defined by the State) and community arts providers to meet the challenging academic standards; and

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3.

School-wide access to music education

Section 1114(b)(7)(A)(iii) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6314(b)(7)(A)(iii)), as amended by section (2), is further amended by inserting after subclause (VI) the following:

(VII)

sequential, standards-based music education that is aligned to challenging state academic standards and is taught by certified music educators (as defined by the State); and

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4.

Targeted assistance schools for arts education

Section 1115(b)(2)(A) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6315(b)(2)(A)) is amended by striking well-rounded education; inserting the following:

well rounded education, such as—

(i)

programmatic assistance for students to participate in arts programs that address their academic needs (including support for certified arts educators (as defined by the State), arts educator professional development, supplies, and other expenses associated with instruction in the arts); and

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5.

Targeted assistance schools for music education

Section 1115(b)(2)(A) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6315(b)(2)(A)), as amended by section 4, is further amended by adding at the end the following:

(ii)

programmatic assistance for students to participate in music programs that address their academic needs (including support for certified music educators, music educator professional development, instruments, sheet music, and other expenses associated with music instruction);

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