The past year has been unlike any that I’ve experienced since I joined the Alliance eight years ago. Much has to do with the changing landscape of education policy and funding in California. From the adoption of Common Core Content Standards to implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula, the conversation around school and student success has opened up in ways that are more wholistic, more equitable and more inclusive of arts education. We, at the California Alliance for Arts Education, are seizing opportunites in every possible way and in 2014 we made great strides, including:
I am also pleased to report that just this past September, the superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District, the second largest school district in California, announced the allocation of $1.5 million in Title I funds to support arts integration in Title I schools in the district. This represents a major advancement in our work to empower Title I schools to engage arts education strategies to achieve Title I goals, and we are working closely with the team comprised of district officials and arts organizations in the area to develop a district-wide system that honors the requirements of Title I programs and establishes a model of district-wide implementation that others may follow.