Updated July 16, 2015
On JULY 10, 2015, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo SIGNED Bill No. 459 Sub A and Bill No. 5776 Sub A.They are both written the same and will eventually be combined.
WE HAVE A LAW for Music Performance in Public Education in the state of Rhode Island !!!!
16-22-27. Availability of instruction in musical performance education. All secondary public schools including middle schools, or any other secondary schools managed and controlled by the state, are strongly encouraged to offer as a part of the curriculum, courses in performing arts, including musical ensembles, such as band, chorus, orchestra and other performance ensembles, with emphasis upon development of aesthetic appreciation and the skills of creative expression.
SECTION 2. THIS ACT SHALL TAKE PLACE BY JULY 1ST, 2015.
Next step will be to include wording regarding scheduling between administration and the music department. One obstacle has been conquered and a few more to face. Scheduling is the key in allowing opportunities for future leaders to find the best courses to enhance his or her learning. Let the creativity of music bring the "dreamer of dreams"!
WE DID IT! Congratulations Music Educators! Go out and celebrate!
Thank you Representative Michael Morin?, Senator Roger Picard and Policy Analyst Karyn Lowe?. You are a great group of people who believe in Rhode Island's future in music education.