Arts for LA Releases School Board Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys

Arts for LA Releases School Board Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 10:03am

Photo: ArtsVoteLAWith an estimated $5.3 billion in educational funding set to invigorate California’s schools due to Proposition 30, school board leaders will be tasked with setting the priorities and direction for their schools’ future.  To help spark dialogue around arts and education issues, Arts for LA has distributed Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys to every eligible candidate for election in 33 school district races throughout Lo

Fall 2013 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Lynwood Unified School District

Fall 2013 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Lynwood Unified School District

As part of its work to connect voters and candidates, Arts for LA presents these Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys to promote dialogue around issues related to arts education and its benefits.

Survey responses provided by each candidate are for voter information purposes only. Arts for LA does not endorse candidates seeking office. We are committed to fostering respectful, nonpartisan dialogue about issues relating to arts and culture. For more information, please read about our mission and values or our FAQ.

All eligible candidates were contacted to participate in the survey. If you would like to submit new or revise existing responses, please contact Arts for LA at advocate@artsforla.org or 213-225-7580.

The California Alliance for Arts Education and LA2050 served as Regional Partners by promoting Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys throughout Los Angeles County.

Elections for Lynwood Unified School District will be held on Tuesday, November 5.

2 seats are available in this election. Elections are at large; voters may vote for any of the eligible candidates in this election.

For more information on where to vote, visit the Los Angeles County Clerk/Registrar-Recorder’s Office website.

If a candidate has not yet responded, please click on the candidate's name below to invite the candidate via email to participate.

Candidate order: Alejanddra "Aly" Becerra**, Linda M. George, Edwin R. Jacinto, Alfonso Morales, Arturo Ramos, Alma-Delia Renteria

**Candidate has no email address available; contact the Los Angeles County Clerk/Registrar-Recorder's Office for contact info

Question 1: Tell us about a meaningful experience you had with art (visual, dance, drama, music) while growing up?

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During my school years I was not exposed to any art classes because they were either not available or very limited at my school and it was very hard to enroll. I really value the arts and I actively encourage my daughters to participate in any arts available.

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Question 2: What role do you think creativity can play in supporting key priorities of the district, such as reducing the dropout rate, closing the achievement gap, and preparing more students for college eligibility and/or meaningful careers?

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Creativity is very important because it allows students to develop their intellectual abilities and they become more interested in academics. Students that participate in any artistic that they like are more likely to stay in class. Also, they are more likely to finish high school and enroll into college.

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Question 3: Your district has embarked on an initiative to restore meaningful sequential arts education into its core curriculum. What do you feel are the strengths and weaknesses of the plan?

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The arts plan that we have was created in 2008 to comply with the VAPA grant, but the programs that were funded only lasted for about a year or two. They were eliminated during the State budget cuts, but with the new funding Lynwood will have the opportunity to restore many programs such as art to help our student develop their creative thinking. The plan is outdated and we need to update to reflect the current trends.

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Question 4: How can your district make your arts education plan and its progress on the plan more visible to parents and leaders in your community?

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Question 5: In light of the new funding structure for school districts in the state (i.e. the Local Control Funding Formula), how do you see arts education aligning with the eight new priority areas?

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They need to create a committee compose of teachers, administrators, students, and parents so can oversee the program to identify its needs and success. Principals and teachers need more support from the district to plan and make the program successful. Also, they need to make the program available for all students; it is currently available for only a few school sites.

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