Update on California State Funding for Arts Education

I want to salute the fine work of The California Alliance for Arts Education (CAAE) in helping to restore state funding for quality arts education in California.  They played a key role leading up to Governor Schwarzeneeger signing the historic bill that provides:

1) A block grant of $105 million to support standards-aligined arts instruction from Kindergarten through the 12th grade.  The funding will be allocated on an equal amount per pupil per school site.

2) $500 million on a one-time basis for the purchase of arts, music and/or physical education professional development, supplies and equipment.

CAAE has sent me a file – which I have attached – that explains the funding and answers the most frequently asked questions about it.

I am sure that we are all eager to see the money allocated and if you run a business I am sure that you can imagine the impact this spending might have on you.

However, as arts advocates we must always remember that we fight on behalf of children – the students who will benefit from increased exposure to and instruction in the arts.  Our role is to make sure that the decision makers hear the perspectives of all key stakeholders – administrators, teachers, parents, community and business leaders, and representative of arts organizations – before deciding how to implement the funding.

Please go to the website for The California Alliance for Arts Education – www.artsed411.org – and take advantage of the many valuable resources that they offer.  Become informed and be prepared. Let your voice be heard.  The arts make a difference for all of us!

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