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Need contact with legislators in the House

Hello Advocates:  
We are in great need of emails in the next 24 hours to go to Ron Jorgensen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and members of the Iowa House of Representatives to ask Representative Jorgensen to bring the Iowa Core/Fine Arts bill (SF431) out of Committee. The second funnel deadline is this week. Rep. Jorgensen is chair of the House Education Committee. It would be great if you could also email your own representative, plus the ones you may have visited the past two Advocacy Days.  General message of the email:

1.  request support for SF #431-Iowa Core/Fine Arts bill (which passed Senate) and to have it brought up in in the House
2.  the Fine Arts Skills & Concepts were developed by Iowa teachers for Iowa students at no cost
3.  loss of 15% to 40% class time in Fine Arts classes past few years because of focus on Core subjects, need to equalize Fine Arts with other Core subjects.
4.   Turnaround Arts program (arts instruction infused into reading, math, science) in Findley Elementary in Des Moines (low-scoring, high-poverty school)resulted in increased test scores in math (17%) and reading (52%, increased parental involvement in school, and decreased out of school suspensions (57%) and disciline referrals (35%)  

Here is the link for contact info for members of the Iowa House of Representatives.  Click on "Legislators" and then on "Representative" to find the email address/es you need.   

Thanks so much!

Leon Kuehner
Executive Director
Iowa Alliance for Arts Education

IBA Election ending April 1st

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Candidates in the General Election for the office of IBA President-elect:

Myron Peterson
Russ Kramer
Jane Triplett

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Congratulations to the following candidates, they will be on the
ballot in the General Election for the office of IBA President-elect:

Myron Peterson - SC District
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Jacquelyn Meunier
IBA President

Need emails for Senate Bill SF431 (Fine Arts/Iowa Core legislation)

Hello Advocates,
The Senate is going to take up the Iowa Core/Fine Arts legislation this upcoming week.  Any emails you could send or phone calls to make to your local senator, or senators that you visited on Advocacy Day would be greatly appreciated.  Please ask for their support of SF431.  We must pass this bill in the Senate.  Our hearing for the House Education Committee has been postponed.  I will let you know when that hearing will be taking place.  

The following link has the email addresses/phone numbers of the senators:  

Leon Kuehner, IAAE Executive Director

Emails needed for support of House Bill #271

Hello Advocates,

The Iowa Core/Fine Arts bill passed the House Education Committee by a vote of 3-0 to move on the full House of Representatives.   A companion Iowa Core/Fine Arts bill is being introduced in the Iowa Senate on Monday.  IAAE needs you to email your representative this weekend.  First thank them for their support during our Fine Arts Advocacy Day on January 28th  and then ask for their support of House File #271, which will add Fine Arts as core subject in the state of Iowa.  The co-sponsors of the bill are Greg Forristall (R) and Ruth Ann Gaines (D).

Below is a link which will help you find the name/email address/phone of your representative.

The House will be discussing this bill on Monday, so contacts need to be made this weekend.

Thanks so much!!

Leon Kuehner
Executive Director
Iowa Alliance for Arts Education

Link to Iowa Legislature:

88th Annual IBA Conference

May 14 - 16, 2015

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700 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50309