Class size mandate statement

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The North Carolina Arts Education Leadership Coalition (NC AELC) has issued an overview and position statement on North Carolina’s K-12 class size mandate. This law will have negatives effects on Forest View. The FV PTA encourages you contact your legislator if you are concerned about this issue. 
To contact your legislators about this issue, please follow this link:
North Carolina Arts Education Leadership Coalition (NC AELC) Overview and Position Statement on Program Enhancement Funding in North Carolina
It has been common and accepted practice that North Carolina provide teacher allotments in all grades and set class size limits in grades K-3 for many years that have allowed flexibility for local school districts to fund a variety of teaching positions including positions in visual art, music, theatre, dance, health and physical education, world languages and in other special areas that are usually taught by a licensed teacher specialist other than the K-3 general classroom teacher.
Excellent arts educators already are leaving for other states or choosing not to teach in North Carolina because of
the timing problem with this funding decision. Therefore, NC AELC humbly requests that the General Assembly
fully fund Program Enhancement Teachers in Arts Education during one of its Special Sessions or otherwise before
its May 2018 Short Session begins.
Lawmakers across the nation have enumerated music and the arts as a fundamental component of a well-rounded
child in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). NC AELC supports the ability of North Carolina school districts to
offer accessible and equitable arts instruction as defined in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study by
qualified, licensed arts teachers across our state. We do not support any provision that will, in effect, cause an
unwritten mandate for school districts to reduce the number of arts education teachers in their district in order to
comply with lower class sizes. No elementary child in North Carolina’s public schools should experience an
education without arts instruction by qualified, licensed arts education teachers. We urge lawmakers to act quickly
to ensure that the arts are included in our children’s future.
NC AELC believes that our citizens and many NC legislators support quality arts programs in our schools and
understand that the arts are a natural and important part of a child’s growth and development. The positive effects
of arts education create life-long success in students.
Adopted by member groups of the North Carolina Arts Education Leadership Coalition on October 1, 2017.
Arts North Carolina
North Carolina Art Education Association
North Carolina Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association
North Carolina Chapter of the American String Teachers Association
North Carolina Dance Education Organization
North Carolina Music Educators Association
North Carolina Theatre Conference
North Carolina Theatre Arts Educators