New York City Council Header
File #: Res 0158-2010    Version: * Name: Department of Education to maintain a minimum level of arts funding in NYC public schools.
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Education
On agenda: 4/14/2010
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York City Department of Education to maintain a minimum level of arts funding in New York City public schools.
Sponsors: Robert Jackson, Charles Barron, Gale A. Brewer, Margaret S. Chin, Inez E. Dickens, Daniel Dromm , Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Lewis A. Fidler, Vincent J. Gentile, Letitia James, G. Oliver Koppell, Brad S. Lander, Jessica S. Lappin, Annabel Palma, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Deborah L. Rose, James G. Van Bramer, Albert Vann, Jumaane D. Williams, Karen Koslowitz, Rosie Mendez, Melissa Mark-Viverito
Council Member Sponsors: 22
Res. No. 158
 
 
Resolution calling upon the New York City Department of Education to maintain a minimum level of arts funding in New York City public schools.
 
 
By Council Members Jackson, Barron, Brewer, Chin, Dickens, Dromm, Ferreras, Fidler, Gentile, James, Koppell, Lander, Lappin, Palma, Rodriguez, Rose, Van Bramer, Vann, Williams, Koslowitz, Mendez and Mark-Viverito
 
      Whereas, As a result of the fiscal crisis of the 1970s, the New York City public school system experienced a significant reduction in funding for arts education; and
      Whereas, In 1997, former Mayor Rudolph Guiliani created Project ARTS (Arts Restoration to the Schools), which was designed to restore arts education to City schools over a three year period; and
Whereas, Project ARTS funding was intended to support direct instructional services, professional development for educators, curriculum development, equipment, art materials and supplies, as well as arts and cultural services; and
Whereas, Project ARTS was initially allocated $25 million a year, has reached upwards of $75 million a year, and in recent years, has received yearly allocations totaling $67.5 million; and
       Whereas, According to The Center for Arts Education, Project ARTS has been the "catalyst for the growth and expansion of arts education over the past ten years"; and
      Whereas, The importance of arts education and its positive impact on a student's education has been widely researched; and
      Whereas, A report by the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) shows a correlation between instruction in the arts and greater student achievement and social development; and
 
 
Whereas, In addition, the AEP report found that economically disadvantaged students and students in need of remedial instruction experience the most gains in learning from arts education; and
Whereas, In January 2007, Mayor Michael Bloomberg outlined his most recent Children First School Reforms in his State of the City address; and
Whereas, These reforms include four initiatives, one of which is the Public School Empowerment Initiative, which gives principals greater discretion in running their schools, including hiring personnel and managing the budget; and
Whereas, Some arts advocates have expressed concern regarding the continuation of arts programming in public schools since the Department of Education (DOE) has indicated that funds previously earmarked for Project ARTS would now be made available for principals to spend at their discretion; and
Whereas, Arts advocates fear that principals may be inclined to spend funds on more academic programs, rather than arts programs, in order to raise test scores to meet accountability standards that were put forth in the most recent reform; and
Whereas, For example, in 2001 when former Chancellor Harold Levy allowed for the redirection of Project ARTS funds to cover expenses unrelated to arts education, arts education spending was reduced by fifty percent; and
Whereas, Recognizing the importance of arts education, it is imperative that the DOE take action to ensure that arts education programs continue to be made available to all students; now, therefore be it
Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York City Department of Education to maintain a minimum level of arts funding in New York City public schools.
 
JC
Res. No. 837/2007
 
LS# 705
3/8/10
11:47 a.m.
TC