Although the idea to change elementary instrumental music in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) from year-long to single-semester classes has been rescinded, the District is still considering the hiring of 168 “arts integration” teachers, instead of much-needed arts-credentialed educators. Currently, many students in LAUSD do not receive arts education taught by arts-credentialed teachers. CMEA and LACESMA oppose the hiring of arts-integration teachers since such individuals are not typically qualified to teach Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Content Standards. Only credentialed arts specialist teachers can deliver arts content with the rigor embedded in California's VAPA Content Standards.
CMEA President Michael Stone has sent a letter to the Dr. Richard Vladovic, President of the LAUSD Governing Board, supporting LACESMA’s Basic Recommendations for Elementary Arts. You may view the letter by clicking here.
The recent decision of the California Community Colleges ("CCC") to severely restrict students’ access to repeatability of critical music coursework necessary to prepare them for transfer to the California State University and the University of California and entry into the workforce is in direct opposition to the vision and mission of both CCC's and CMEA.
CMEA President Michael Stone will join MACCC Past President Dr. John Gerhold and MACCC Southern Section President Dr. Stephen Rochford for a meeting at the CCC Chancellor’s Office in Sacramento on May 22, 2014 to find solutions to this problem. Gerhold, Rochford, and Stone will meet with Ms. Cris McCullough, Dean of Academic Affairs with the CCC Chancellor’s Office. See President Stone’s letter by clicking here.
Earlier this year, the L.A. Unified School District (LAUSD) board members presented a draft arts budget that would have cut full-year music and arts programs to half-year programs. The proposal would also have spread the district’s 32 instrumental music teachers among 320 schools, up from the current 160 schools. It also would have watered down the music and arts offerings by spending $9.8 million on 101 “arts integration” teachers.
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