April 2021: Recommendations for State and Federal Funding

CMEA has seen in the news and heard from education colleagues about the current available funds being allocated towards education. Indeed, there are unprecedented dollars that have arrived, or will soon arrive, to school districts. There are definitely opportunities for many of these funds to be spent on music education, but an allocation towards music will not occur unless we make a case and asks for funding for music education.

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CMEA Advocacy Team and Advocate, Martha Zaragoza Diaz meet every week

  • Sent letters regarding equity of education funding to:
    • Governor Gavin Newsom
    • Toni Atkins, Senate President Pro Tempore
    • Anthony Rendon, Assembly Speaker
  • Sent additional letters to:
    • CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond
    • CA School Board President, Linda Darling-Hammond
    • CA School Board Association, Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez
    • CA County of Superintendents Education Services Association, Ted Alejandre
    • Association of School Administrators, Linda Kaminski
    • CA Parent Teacher Association, Celia Jaffe

AB 1850 (clean-up to AB 5)

  • Independent Contractors for Student Programs
    • Guest Conductors
    • Clinicians
    • Adjudicators
    • Accompanists
  • Attended and provided verbal/written feedback AB1850 (AB 5) Hearing

Draft Proposed Language for AB 1850 (Gonzalez), June 2, 2020

Add new subsection (i) as follows:

Subdivision (a) and the holding in Dynamex does not apply to persons who serve, sporadically, as an adjudicator, guest conductor, clinician and accompanists for student performances, festivals or competitions and shall be governed by Borello and shall demonstrate all of the following:

  1. Control in the manner and means of accomplishing the desired results
  2. Utilize sole discretion to use their expertise within the state standards
  3. Work is unsupervised
  4. Work is not reviewed
  5. Can accept or reject any student performance, festival or competition
  6. Paid a flat rate
  7. Can accept or reject any assignment
  8. Is free to work for other organizations”

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Coming in March 2021 – Stand Up 4 Arts Education Day!