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Full Letter

Dear CMEA Member:

CMEA is seeking anecdotal data as to whether or not school districts have increased spending for music education during the 2014-2015 school as a result of the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).  Please send examples of new spending in your school district to Steve Venz, CMEA Advocacy Representative, at by December 1, 2014.  Mr. Venz’s e-mail address is:  stevenvenz@yahoo.com .

Examples of new spending might include newly-created teacher positions or increased supply and equipment budgets.  You may want to view you district’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) which is likely available on your school district’s website.

CMEA will be providing formal feedback on the LCFF’s impact on music education when its leaders visit the State Legislature and the Governor’s Office at the May 21, 2015 California Music Education Advocacy Day at the State Capitol.

A reminder that eight required areas of State priority must be addressed in all LCAP’s:

-Student Achievement

-Student Engagement

-Other Student Outcomes

-School Climate

-Parental Involvement

-Basic Services

-Implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

-Course Access

Clearly, music education fits into many of these areas.  Is your district including spending for music education in its LCAP?

More information about the LCFF may be found at on the Legislative Analyst’s Office Website at:  http://www.lao.ca.gov/reports/2013/edu/lcff/lcff-072913.aspx .

Sincerely,

Michael D. Stone, President

California Music Educators Association (CMEA)

www.calmusiced.com

Position Statement

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Education

As Californians, we task our children to be career-ready innovators capable of creating a future that will sustain the largest and most innovative economy in the Nation. Our educational system also values educating our young people so that they become lifelong learners and citizens who actively participate in our democracy. Training in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM subjects) are key to producing the next generation of problem solvers in California. However, while these technical skills are important, they do not address other traits that employers are seeking. The ability to work well in teams, learn from criticism, communicate, and adapt quickly under pressure (often while multitasking) are all skills that are essential for employment. Our students, regardless of STEM knowledge, will struggle to reach these expectations in a setting where passive listening and standardized tests rule class time. 

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2014 Stand Up 4 Music Event Video

The 2014 CMEA-led Stand Up 4 Music (SU4M) California Music Education Advocacy Day was held on Thursday, May 22, 2014.  

CMEA wishes to thank the other SU4M Coalition partnering organizations, NAfME, CBDA, CA ACDA, CODA, CAJ, SCSBOA, NCBDA, SCVA, MACCC, and Cal ASTA, for their collaborative work making the day a success!  Music sensation Kenny G added much visibility to this year's event.