ECS Chairman Governor Huckabee Urges Governors, Education
Policy Leaders to Move Arts Education to the Center of Education

Education Commission of the States Chairman, Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR), has sent an email letter to the nations' Governors, Chief State School Officers, and Education Policy Officials around the country the following letter in support of his vision to bring arts education to the center of the education agenda. You will see from this letter and the supporting documents and web pages that the music and arts education community have a very passionate and powerful advocate in Governor Mike Huckabee. He states:
"These days one often hears the question asked: "During this age of No Child Left Behind, can states really be expected to focus on the arts when there is such pressure to improve student performance in 'core academic' subjects such as reading and math?" The answer, of course, is yes. In fact, the answer must be yes...

The message that my ECS initiative can and must deliver to policymakers across the country is that the arts are as crucial to a student's development as any other subject taught in our schools today. We must do all we can to mobilize, inform, educate and inspire education leaders to recognize the vast potential returns that can be realized by investing now in arts education."
We urge you to use this letter, the supporting documents, as well as the letter to superintendents from U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige to help your individual efforts to advance arts education at the state and local level.

Letter and Related Resources

Governor Huckabee's Letter
October 7, 2004 correspondence to Governors and Education Policymakers.

Governor Huckabee's Arts Education Speech
at the 2004 National Forum on Education Policy

Putting the Arts Front and Center on the Education Agenda
Interview with Governor Huckabee conducted by Dick Deasy of the Arts Education Partnership

Chairman's Initiative of the Education Commission of the States

Secretary of Education Rod Paige's Letter to Superintendents and related documents

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