Action Alert: Thank LAUSD for Saving Arts Education and After School Arts Programs

Thu, 06/28/2012 - 4:05pm

Arts educationAs part of a larger agreement between the Los Angeles Unified School District School Board and United Teachers Los Angeles, the district has agreed to restore funding to arts education and after school arts programs.  Click here to send a letter to the LAUSD School Board members and UTLA President Warren Fletcher to thank them for their collaborative solution to preserving arts education.

Facing historic budget shortfalls, LAUSD's decision demonstrates the importance of arts education in the preservation of "complete education."  Both the federal government and the State of California consider the arts "core" subjects alongside math and reading.  The restoration of these programs will ensure students throughout the district receive the tools necessary to succeed throughout their educational careers.

Over 1,800 parents, teachers, and arts advocates residing within the district sent letters supporting the restoration of arts education in the 2012/2013 budget. 

While the agreement with UTLA does not retain arts education at previously existing levels, it does represent an effort to scale cuts to arts education in proportion to cuts throughout the budget.  It also prioritizes the experience of the students in the classroom by attempting to minimize the disruption or reduction to access to arts education during and after school.