Dear TAMS Member:

Please take the time to write or call your state board member and share your concern for the dilution of the one-credit fine arts graduation requirement established by the Texas Legislature. You are asking the Board to not expand the list of CTE courses that may meet the one-credit fine arts graduation requirement. State that up front.

Here are links to a list of the courses that are being recommended to the State Board of Education to substitute for that requirement and a list of talking points. Please put in your own words and do not allow your letter to appear to be a cookie cutter of the points shared here. Strive to share the message of why such substitutions are not educationally defendable and tend to dilute the content and rigor of a meaningful fine arts experience. It should not appear as a turf battle amongst disciplines.

You may identify your State Board member here, then look them up on this Board Member information attachment and get their address. I highly recommend a letter as first preference. If you prefer to talk to them then you may give that a try. They usually are quite accessible. The earlier the better. As it gets closer to the meeting of February 11-13 they will be less likely to have time to read it.

Points for success:
* No more than one page
* Clear and succinct in your thoughts
* Bullets are good
* Personable and positive
* Reflect what is in the best interest of students
* Don’t make just about music

Please make this a priority. See if your Dean would also participate. Call me if you need assistance. - Robert Floyd



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