TAKE ACTION: Ask the LAUSD Board of Education to Take Leadership on Arts Education Budget

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 10:41am

Photo: Action AlertArts for LA has launched an Action Alert inviting LAUSD parents and community members to ask Board of Education members to lead the charge on having an arts education budget produced this month.  

Click here to send a letter to your Board of Education member.

In October 2012, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a resolution known as “Arts at the Core.”  This landmark policy established arts education as part of the core curriculum, thereby making it accessible for all students in the district.  

The district then produced the “Arts Education and Creative Cultural Networks Plan,” a roadmap for how the district would implement “Arts at the Core” over the next several years. That plan was presented without a budget.  Because of this, the district’s arts education plan is not in compliance with the original resolution.  

A second resolution was passed in September 2013, tasking district staff with the creation of an arts education budget to be presented to the board of education in sixty days. 

The budget's initial deadline was December 3, 2013. However, several weeks into 2014—despite repeated requests from parents and advocates—the district has yet to present a budget.

Arts for LA asks arts advocates living in LAUSD districts to contact their LAUSD Board of Education member, inviting him or her to take leadership on this issue by calling for the arts education budget to be presented to the Board in February. 

Advocacy is a marathon. We need your help to bring this race to the finish line for each and every one of the over 650,000 students who make up the second largest school district in the country.  

It is only by establishing a financial commitment to arts education will the ideals of the "Arts at the Core" resolution become a reality for every student in every LAUSD school, all of whom need access to a complete education that includes the arts. 

Please click here to go to our Action Center, where you can select your board of education member.  If you need help identifying your board of education member, the Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk website can find that information using your home street address. Your result will appear in the list as "LOS ANGELES USD-BD EDUCATION [NUMBER]."