Action Alert: LAUSD Plans to Eliminate 100% of Elementary Arts Education (Updated)
The Los Angeles Unified School District has proposed total elimination of its elementary school arts education program. To take action by contacting the Superintendent and School Board, please click here. This unprecedented step will reverse a ten-year effort made by the District to restore arts education to its 700,000 students.
Arts for LA opposes this drastic measure and urges parents, students, arts advocates to take action by sending a letter to your school board member and sharing the alert with your networks. Over 1,800 people have sent letters and faxes via Arts for LA's online system since Thursday, February 2nd.
The LAUSD School Board will meet on Tuesday, February 14th to discuss the 2012/2013 budget. The agenda for that meeting will be available on February 8th, and is expected to contain information about the School Board's proposal to eliminate arts education, adult education and early childhood education programs. The agenda will be posted here: laschoolboard.org/02-14-12RegBd.
Update 2/8: The LAUSD School Board has released the agenda materials for their budget meeting on Tuesday, February 14th. Included in the packed schedule is the following agenda item:
18. Board of Education Report No. 173 – 11/12 REPORT AVAILABLE 02/09/12
Office of the Chief Financial Officer
(Adoption of Budget Balancing Plan to Address 2012-13 Deficit) Recommends adoption of a multi-phased budget balancing plan to address the projected deficit for the upcoming year. The plan includes budget reductions that fulfill the District’s fiduciary responsibility and restorations contingent upon voter approval of tax initiatives and secured shared commitments from the District’s collective bargaining units.
For the full Order of Business and to see updates, visit http://laschoolboard.org/02-14-12RegBd.
This 'multi-phased budget balancing plan' is expected to contain the elimination of the arts education, adult education and early childhood education programs, and will be immediately followed by a discussion about a potential parcel tax ballot initiative to raise revenue for the 2012/2013 school year. Arts for LA will post details of the Chief Financial Officer's report when they are released on 2/9/12.
LAUSD School Board meetings are open to the public. Due to heavy media coverage and major issues within LAUSD, it is expected that this meeting will draw large crowds. Those wishing to attend are advised to arrive early and plan to stay for several hours.
Media Coverage of this issue:
LAist: "LAUSD Elementary Schools Could Soon Offer 100% Less Arts Education," February 3, 2012
UCLA IDEA: "Themes in the News," February 3, 2012
Bangstyle: "LAUSD Might Cut 100% of its Arts Education," February 4, 2012
Neon Tommy: "Inaugural Take a Stand Symposium Reveals El Sistema Strides," February 4, 2012
Highland Park Patch: "LAUSD Considering Total Elimination of Arts Funding," February 4, 2012
NoHo Arts District: "Los Angeles Unified School District Eliminating Arts Education?," February 7, 2012
Keep the Arts in Public Schools: "Action Alert: Arts Education on the Chopping Block at LA Elementary Schools," February 7, 2012
The Cultured Seed: "Is This the Death of Art?," February 8, 2012
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