California’s 4 ArtsEd Organizations (CAEA, CDEA, CETA, and CMEA) have collaborated to create an Local Control Funding Formula (LCAP) Resource for music and arts educators!  Click here to see how you can ensure music education is included in your school district’s LCAP.”

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The Governor has signed AB 2862 and SB916 into law!   We made a difference for arts education in California!
Thank you to all for your diligence and hard work in this five year journey to update our VAPA Standards.  And now our Theatre and Dance colleagues will have equity with us!
We have come a long, long way in the past few years.  
Thank you to Russ Sperling for the Visionary Dream, to Mike Stone for the perseverance, and to Lynne Faulks for being our boots on the Capitol floors for the past 3 years!
It is time to Congratulate and Celebrate!
Thank you to all for your continued hard work on behalf of Music and Arts Education for all students in California.
Scott Hedgecock
CMEA President
This link is to the Governor's list of bills signed on Monday, September 26, 2016:

AB 2862 (O'Donnell), the CMEA Sponsored bill for updating our VAPA Standards was just passed in the Assembly 68-0! Now on to the Senate. 

Your work as a membership in making calls and contacts to your legislators makes the difference! Thank you for being there when we needed you. Now the process repeats itself in the Senate.

Also, SB 916 (Allen), the Theatre and Dance credential bill (TADA) was passed unanimously out of the Senate and moves to the Assembly. 

A good day for Arts Education in California!

Dear CMEA Member:

The Leaders of the partnering organizations that make up the CMEA-led Stand Up 4 Music (SU4M) Coalition have determined the 2016 SU4M Legislative Priorities.

SU4M includes the following partnering organizations in 2016:

-California Music Educators Association (CMEA);

-National Association for Music Education (NAfME);

-California Band Directors Association (CBDA);

-California Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (CA ACDA);

-California Orchestra Directors Association (CODA);

-California Alliance for Jazz (CAJ);

-Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA);

-Northern California Band Directors Association (NCBDA);

-Southern California Vocal Association (SCVA);

-Music Association of California Community Colleges (MACCC);

-California American String Teachers Association (Cal ASTA); and,

-Northern California Band Association (NCBA).

The Coalition ( follows voting protocols in order to reach consensus when taking positions on legislation.

Here are the 2016 Legislative Priorities:

Support SB 916, Allen – Creating a Dance and Theatre Single Subject Credential.

Support AB 2248, Holden – California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) will be required to issue credentials qualifying teachers from out of state within 30 days. This bill will address California’s teacher shortage crisis.

In addition, the Coalition voted unanimous support for ACR (Assembly Concurrent Resolution) 124, Calderon, recognizing the California Arts Council’s 40th Anniversary, and SCR (Senate Concurrent Resolution) 112, Fuller, recognizing March 2016 as Arts Education Month.

More information on the work of the Stand Up 4 Music Coalition may be found at: .



Michael D. Stone, President

California Music Educators Association (CMEA)