April 2021 | Arts Ed RECAP

on April 1, 2021

Arts Education RECAP

Read all the research, news, and policy in our arts education RECAP for April 2021.


The Federal Government Finally Has Data on Schooling During COVID. Here Are 3 Key Takeaways. “A newly released federal survey shows that a huge swath of American school children — particularly students of color — were still learning remotely in January. Of those students, a small but substantial share were getting little or no live instruction from a teacher.” Chalkbeat

As Schools Reopen, Asian American Students are Missing from Classrooms “As school buildings start to reopen, Asian and Asian American families are choosing to keep their children learning from home at disproportionately high rates.” The Washington Post

NCES Data Highlights Pandemic Instruction Differences by Race, Region “Initial findings from the NAEP School Survey — a monthly pilot collection launched by the Institute of Education Sciences and National Center for Education Statistics to gain insight into schools’ available learning opportunities during COVID-19 — show almost half of White students (49%) were more likely to be learning fully in-person in January. Students of color were more likely to be learning in fully remote conditions, with 68% of Asian, 58% of Black and 56% of Hispanic students participating in that mode of learning.” K-12 Dive


Reopening, With Equity “Underresourced institutions — which are more likely to serve low-income students and students of color — may have a harder time keeping people safe if they reopen, Harper said. Wealthy campuses can afford the testing, tracing and daily screening apps that tech schools and community colleges cannot.” Inside Higher Ed

Congress Approves Massive Infusion of Funds for Schools, and High-Poverty Districts will Get the Most “Schools across the U.S. will receive a massive and historic infusion of money in the coming months thanks to a pandemic relief package that includes $128 billion for K-12 education and hundreds of billions for state governments.” Chalkbeat

Four Ways to Rebuild a Better Early Ed System “As early learning receives more federal attention — and possible funds — experts recommend the following steps to make a high-quality, equitable and more accessible system…” The Hechinger Report


My Son Is Bullying His Asian Classmate About the Pandemic “Resisting racist scapegoating of the type we’ve seen directed at Asians since the pandemic started requires more than the passive hope or assumption that your kid won’t hear such hateful things or believe them if he does. Given the society we live in and the narratives we’re all being exposed to whether we like it or not, helping our kids first recognize and then reject racist lies like this requires our active, ongoing work.” Slate 

7 Tips for Parents Who Want to Speak Out at School Board Meetings and Be Effective Advocates for Students “Schools in our country are run by government and are, therefore, responsible to parents and residents. As a former political scientist, I believe that all political participation is a good thing and that we must encourage folks to be involved in all levels of government, from national politics to the humble school board meeting.” The 74


Arts Education Is a Student Right, Especially During a Pandemic “In California alone, 1 in 10 jobs is in the arts and culture sector, which doesn’t include the innumerable jobs that rely on creativity — a skill refined with exposure to the arts. What many people don’t realize is that participating in the arts in school opens up opportunities for students beyond the classroom and into their adult lives.” CA Health Report

ACCM 2021 Virtual Convening “The ACCM (Arts, Culture and Creativity Month) 2021 Convening will be held on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 as a full day virtual convening to develop effective and informed arts advocates across California.” Californians for the Arts


Biden-Harris Administration to Announce New Actions to Help Schools Reopen Safely and Meet Students’ Needs “President Biden will announce that $81 billion of American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds will be released today to all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to support their efforts to get students back in the classroom safely for in person learning, keep schools open once students are back, and address the academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs of all students. Secretary Cardona also will announce the launch of a new Summer Learning & Enrichment Collaborative…” US Department of Education

Five Ways Biden’s $4 Trillion Infrastructure Plan Could Help Kids and Schools “Here are five ways “Build Back Better Recovery Plan” could impact kids and schools…” The 74

$10 Billion Coming to States for COVID Testing in Schools, as Feds Push for Reopening “The Biden administration said the money, included in the $1.9 trillion stimulus package that the president signed into law last week, is part of its bigger effort to reopen more schools for in-person learning this spring. By one estimate, around one in five students attend school districts that are still fully virtual.” Chalkbeat

The American Rescue Plan: What’s In It for K-12 Schools? “This post highlights how the American Rescue Plan differs from the previous federal relief in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.” EdNote

Police-Free Schools Movement Faces First Major Test As Students Return to Classrooms After a Traumatic Year Away “Los Angeles students’ perception of campus police varies widely based on their race; just 35 percent of Black students said that officers make schools safe compared with 54 percent of Latinos, 49 percent of whites and 56 percent of Asians/Pacific Islanders. There’s a lack of evidence to suggest that school-based officers actually make campuses safer, and high-profile incidents of police brutality has galvanized a “counselors not cops” protest movement that has called for schools to replace police with mental health supports and other non-punitive prevention measures.” The 74

California Aligns Guidance for Schools with CDC | COVID-19 Updates in Northern California “California Department of Public Health [CDPH] updated K-12 Schools Guidance to align with the latest science from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]. The state’s updated guidance recommends distancing of at least three feet for students in classrooms. The guidance also newly allows all schools to reopen if case rates are below 25 per 100,000 population.” abc10

States Target Learning Loss with Summer School and Extended Days, but Some Parents Want Option to Hold Kids Back “Legislatures are weighing proposals to establish summer learning initiatives, expand afterschool programs and extend the school year. But for those who need more to get back on track, some states are examining a more controversial option: holding students back.” The 74

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Gaby PalmadessaApril 2021 | Arts Ed RECAP