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CMEA has become a partner with TEACH California in order to support potential teacher candidates with gaining information on requirements and prerequisites necessary to teach in California’s public school system.  As you likely know, California has a huge teacher crisis.  Music is no exception.  California will need to recruit out-of-state music teachers for the next few years to meet the demands of its growing student population and newly created music positions.

TEACH California is a special contracted project of the California Department of Education with the Sacramento County Office of Education.  The TEACH California Web site is designed to recruit teachers to the profession of teaching, explain the teacher preparation process, assist prospective teachers in creating their plan to become credentialed teachers, provide relevant content, partner with related public and non-profit entities, and offer links to important resources. The TEACH California Web site is the California Department of Education's (CDE) primary Web effort for recruiting individuals to the teaching profession.

The mission of the CDE is to provide leadership, assistance, oversight and resources so that every Californian has access to an education that meets world-class standards.

TEACH California is a special contracted project of the California Department of Education with the Sacramento County Office of Education. Some federal funds are provided to California from the U.S. Department of Education through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the position of the U. S. Department of Education.



View the 2015 Stand Up For Music Priorities.



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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On February 27, 2015, SB 725 was introduced in the California Senate by Senator Loni Hancock.  This bill is CMEA's first-ever sponsored legislation.  It will require the Superintendent of Public Instruction to convene a panel of experts to recommend new Visual and Performing Arts standards to the State Board.  The State Board is required to adopt the standards no later than June 30, 2017.
It has been fourteen years (2001) since California last adopted standards for Visual and Performing Arts.  It is imperative that standards be reviewed and updated to reflect he new National Core Arts Standards.  California's creative industry is dependent upon strong arts education in the schools!
CMEA will be asking for your help advocating for passage of the bill over the next several months.  Information will be forthcoming letting you know more specifically how you can help.
In the meantime, please view the bill language and fact sheet to familiarize yourself with the proposed legislation!
Michael D. Stone
California Music Educators Association