We stay on top of the latest trends, opportunities and threats in our field. Our newsletter provides a digest of current arts education headlines; our Legislative Update tracks bills in the California Legislature that could impact arts programs in our schools; and, our blog offers an in depth view or opinion on current policy issues. Below are the latest news stories about our work.  

Legislative Updates

April 9, 2018 NEW ACTION ALERT:

We need your help once more! The Alliance is calling on all organizations across California, representing arts, artists, education, students, parents, business, school districts, county offices of education, and more to submit from your organization a letter of support for inclusion of $50 million in the state budget for the Arts for Every Student Act (SB 933).

TAKE ACTION NOW


These are the bills the Alliance is following:

SB 933 (Allen)
SB 830 (Dodd)
HR 87 (Chu)
AB 2683 (Gipson)

SB 830 (Dodd) PUPIL INSTRUCTION: MEDIA LITERACY: MODEL CURRICULUM

March 14, 2018: The bill passed as amended and will go to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Summary: This bill requires the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) to develop, and the State Board of Education (SBE) to adopt, modify, or revise, a model curriculum in media literacy. Read the bill text.

HR 87 (Chu) RELATIVE TO ARTS EDUCATION MONTH (as introduced March 12, 2018) - SUPPORT

Summary: This measure declares March 2018 to be Arts Education Month. This bill encourages elected officials to participate with their educational communities in celebrating the arts and urges all residents to become interested in and give full support to quality school arts programs for children and youth. Read our Letter of Support.

AB 2683 (Gipson) ARTS EDUCATION: PUPILS FROM EXTREMELY LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES: GRANT PROGRAM

Summary: This bill would create the California Student Author Art and Literacy Proejct as a grant program for the benefit of pupils from extremely low income communities. The bill would appropriate $1,000,000 from the General Fund to the Arts Council in the 2018-19 fiscal year for purposes of providing grant awards to nonprofit organizations for purposes of the program, as specified. The bill would require a grant recipient, during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years, to establish a pupil author book publishing program for pupils in grades 6 to 12, inclusive, from housing developments with a median income level of 30% of area median income.