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STEAM in Every Student Succeeds Act Signed by President Obama
by Board President - Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 11:16 AM
” — President Obama signs the Every Student Succeeds Act, a bipartisan bill that …

More good news late last week for the fate of education offered through US schools – and with it a renewed emphasis on the value of studying art as a necessary and important component to advancing understanding in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, math). Since 2010 RISD has been at the forefront of advocating for STEAM as a more relevant and valuable approach to education at all levels.

After the House voted in favor of the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – which supersedes No Child Left Behind – the Senate passed the bill as well and on Thursday President Obama signed it into law, proclaiming it “an early holiday gift” and “a Christmas miracle” that Congress finally agreed on a significant piece of bipartisan legislation.

Before the president speaks about the significance of the new law in this video, he’s introduced by a boy name Antonio who says he wants be an engineer and loves science and math. But then he points out that his school “has opened new possibilities [for him] because it’s an art-focused school… art is integrated into all subjects.”

“The reauthorization of No Child Left Behind as the Every Student Succeeds Act is a major victory for our public schools and, in particular, for arts education in the US,” notes President Rosanne Somerson 76 ID. “At RISD we believe that the only way to tackle the critical challenges of today’s world is through a well-rounded approach to thinking, learning and problem-solving that integrates creativity, inventiveness and a diversity of perspectives. Thanks to the inclusion of STEAM in this bill – something championed and led by RISD and the dedicated members of the Congressional STEAM Caucus – I expect that ESSA will help accomplish this for America’s schools.”