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 (http://www.standup4music.org/) 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. http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB916
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: http://www.standup4music.org/ .
Michael D. Stone, President
California Music Educators Association (CMEA)