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.
These are the bills the Alliance is following this Legislative Session:
SB 159 (Allen)
SB 436 (Allen)
SB 777 (Allen)
AB 37 (O'Donnell)
AB 269 (Waldron)
AB 385 (Chu)
AB 755 (Garcia)
Read our Letter of Opposition on the delay of new arts standards to the Assembly Budget Committee.
SB 777 (Allen) SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS (as introduced February 17, 2017) - SUPPORT
March 29, 2017: The bill passed out of the Senate Education Committee (7-0) and will go to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Summary: This bill would require the State Department of Education to establish a statewide program to provide professional development training to assist school districts and county boards of education with offering instruction in visual and performing arts and including information about courses offered in visual and performing arts in a local control and accountability plan. Read our Letter of Support.
AB 37 (O'Donnell) PUPIL INSTRUCTION: VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS: CONTENT STANDARDS IN MEDIA ARTS - SUPPORT
Summary: This bill would require the Superintendent to additionally recommend visual and performing arts standards in the subject of media arts, and require those recommendations to go through the same development, public review, and approval process for recommended revisions to the visual and performing arts content standards, as described. Read our Letter of Support.
AB 385 (Chu) CALIFORNIA LONGITUDINAL PUPIL ACHIEVEMENT DATA SYSTEM: REQUIRED PUPIL DATA (as introduced February 9, 2017) - SUPPORT
April 26, 2017: The bill passed out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee and will go to the Assembly floor.
Summary: This bill would require the State Department of Education to, as part of the CALPADS, require local educational agencies to provide subject level enrollment and completion data for pre-kindergarten, and any of grades 1-12, inclusive, as applicable, to aid in the accomplishment of the goals of the CALPADS. To the extent these provisions would require the reporting of more information by local educational agencies than is required under federal law, the bill would impose a state mandated local program. Read our Letter of Support.
AB 755 (Garcia) MUSEUMS: CALIFORNIA MUSEUMS FOR ALL (as amended March 23, 2017) - SUPPORT
Summary: This bill would create a program within the state of California to build on the success of the national initiative, "Museums for All," and would increase funding for the California Cultural and Historic Endowment’s Museum and Cultural Resources Program. Read our Letter of Support.
SCR 24 (Fuller) ARTS EDUCATION MONTH - SUPPORT
Summary: This measure would proclaim March 2017 to be Arts Education Month and would encourage all elected officials to participate with their educational communities in celebrating the arts.