U.S. Education Secretary: Premature Cuts Can Lead to Unintended Consequences

“There are right ways and wrong ways to cut spending, and the most important guiding principle I can offer is to minimize the negative impact on students and seize this opportunity to direct your spending to the highest priorities.”

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan stated in a recent letter to state governors, urging them to avoid making “short-sighted cuts” and specifically named “eliminating instruction in the arts” as one of the cuts to avoid. This letter and the accompanying materials provide guidance to state education departments on how federal funds can be flexible.  As a core academic subject, arts education programs can be supported locally via federal funds, such as Title I.

Read the Secretary’s remarks and guidance.*

*Click on the “Guidance on Productivity” document under the “First, Do No Harm” section.

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