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S. 3391 - Guarantee Access to Arts and Music Education Act of 2018

Sponsor: Jon Tester (D)
Introduced: 2018-08-28
Bill Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
 

Guarantee Access to Arts and Music Education Act of 2018 or the GAAME Act of 2018

This bill amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to specify that Title I funds (which support the instructional needs of students from low-income families) may be used for arts and music programs.

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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 3391


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


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

August 28, 2018

    Mr. Tester (for himself and Mrs. Shaheen) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions


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.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 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”.

SEC. 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 each of 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 challenging State academic standards; and”.

SEC. 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”.

SEC. 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;” and 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”.

SEC. 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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