In this detailed policy review and case study, University of Texas, Austin faculty Julian Vasquez Heilig, Heather Cole, and Angelica Aguilar, trace the impact of both federal and state legislation on K-12 arts education in Texas. Alas, the story arc — from the 1950s to the present — is one of steady disinvestment. This is the sort of cautionary tale forseen in the recent Inside Higher Ed article by UT-Austin Fine Arts Dean, Douglas Dempster, and Curb Center Director Steven Tepper, cited elsewhere on this site: Can Academic Arts Instruction Survive the “Iron Cage of Responsibility?”
Heilig, Julian Vasquez, Heather Cole, and Angelica Aguilar. “From Dewey to No Child Left Behind: The Evolution and Devolution of Public Arts Education.” Arts Education Policy Review, 111: 136-145, 2010.