CMEA Releases LCAP Resource Part 2
Dear CMEA Member:
Happy New Year! I hope that you enjoyed a restful and rejuvenating time with family and friends during the Holidays.
It’s time to begin advocacy work at your district level so that your music program can optimally benefit from the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Each January, California school districts begin planning process to determine Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) spending priorities for the next school year. All California school boards must adopt their Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAP’s) by June 30th.
Last May, CMEA partnered with the other three statewide arts educator associations (4 ArtsEd Orgs) in California, California Art Education Association (CAEA), California Dance Education Association (CDEA), and California Educational Theatre Association (CETA), to create an LCAP Resource to assist our members in engaging with local governing boards to positively impact funding for school arts education via the LCAP. That part 1 document was entitled: “Be a Voice with Your Student.”
Now, the 4 ArtsEd Orgs are releasing part 2 of this project, entitled: “The Second Layer: Delving Deeper Be A Voice with Your Student” provided to assist members with actively engaging in the Local Control Accountability Planning Process at the district level.
Both LCAP Resources are found at: http://www.calmusiced.com/ or http://www.standup4music.org/.
These documents will help you align music education goals and priorities in your district with Governor Brown’s Eight Priorities found in the LCAP. Music educators must get involved in their district’s LCAP advisory meetings so that equal access to music education is provided for students who are socio-economically disadvantaged, English learners, and Foster youth.
I want to thank CMEA Immediate Past President, Russ Sperling, and CMEA Advocacy Representative, Steve Venz, for serving on this task force. Also, kudos to Kristine Alexander, Executive Director of The California Arts Project, for helping to coordinate this project.
CMEA is pleased to support its members through this collaboration with CAEA, CDEA, and CETA!
Michael D. Stone President California Music Educators Association
LCAP Resource #1
LCAP Resource #2
CMEA and the 4 ArtsEd Org Coalition, including California Art Education Association, California Dance Education Association, and California Educational Theatre Association, have responded to Huffington Post Columnist John M. Eger for missing the point of the recent Joint Committee of the Arts Oversight Hearing held on Friday, November 6, 2015, in Beverly Hills. The Hearing was convened by State Senator Ben Allen to address the fact that many California school districts are out of compliance with Education Code requiring arts education. Unfortunately, Mr. Eger’s article seems to change the conversation to push for an agenda of arts integration, or STEAM (i.e., Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) education, rather than discrete, content-based education in each of the four arts disciplines: Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts. The California Education Code is clear that all California students are required to have a course of study that includes discrete arts instruction in grades 1-6 and elective choices in grades 7-12. Read the letter here.
Read CMEA's STEAM Position Paper
A presentation and panel discussion will convene at UCLA on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. in the EDA, Broad Art Center on the UCLA Campus. The topic is “quality” in arts education. The panel discussion is void of arts education practitioners and representative from the 4 ArtsEd Organizations (i.e., California Art Education Association, California Dance Education Association, California Educational Theatre Association, or California Music Educators Association). CMEA believes that educators in the classroom should be front and center for any discussion on arts education quality. See CMEA’s letter by clicking here. The Event is open to the public. See the informational flier by clicking here.
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