Senate Study Bill 1214 - Introduced SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. _____ BY (PROPOSED COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION RESOLUTION BY CHAIRPERSON SINCLAIR) A Concurrent Resolution to establish a fine arts 1 program interim study committee. 2 WHEREAS, Iowa’s fine arts standards were approved 3 and adopted by the Iowa state board of education 4 on November 15, 2017, based on the Iowa fine arts 5 standards adoption team’s recommendation; and 6 WHEREAS, the federal Every Student Succeeds 7 Act (ESSA), Pub. L. No. 114-95, includes the arts, 8 sciences, and humanities as essential components of a 9 well-rounded education; and 10 WHEREAS, it is important for Iowa to inventory its 11 fine arts education staffing and curriculum as the 12 state moves forward in implementing the new fine arts 13 standards; NOW THEREFORE, 14 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE, THE HOUSE OF 15 REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING, That the legislative 16 council is requested to appoint an interim study 17 committee to review the funding; staffing and 18 professional development; course offerings, including 19 arts integration courses; parental, family, and 20 community engagement measures; procurement of and 21 access to instructional materials; and state priorities 22 for fine arts education in broader school-improvement 23 efforts; and 24 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the interim study 25 committee shall consist of an equal number of majority 26 and minority members from the senate and the house of 27 -1- LSB 2607SC (4) 88 kh/jh 1/ 2
S.C.R. _____ representatives; and 1 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the legislative council 2 is encouraged to appoint to the interim study committee 3 public members or direct the study committee to seek 4 input from or to appoint an advisory committee from 5 the following stakeholders: the arts educators of 6 Iowa; the Iowa bandmasters association; the Iowa 7 choral directors association; the Iowa communication 8 association; the Iowa music educators association; 9 Orff and Kodaly chapters and educators; the Iowa 10 educational theatre association; the Iowa string 11 teachers association; the Iowa state dance and drill 12 team association; the Iowa department of education; 13 the area education agencies; and school districts 14 and accredited nonpublic schools representing large, 15 medium, and small schools in rural, suburban, and urban 16 areas of Iowa; and 17 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the interim study 18 committee shall submit its findings and recommendations 19 to the general assembly on or before December 20, 2019, 20 and the recommendations shall be used to assist the 21 state of Iowa in aligning fine arts programs to the 22 state’s academic standards and the state’s ESSA plan. 23 -2- LSB 2607SC (4) 88 kh/jh 2/ 2