The CMEA Advocacy Team continues to meet weekly and take an active role in following and responding to the pandemic and its effect on music education. We have crafted and sent a letter to Governor Newsom, signed by CMEA President Armalyn De La O, asking him to consider the effects of potential budget cuts to K-12 education and arts education that you can find attached to this post. Almost identical letters were also sent to Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins.
For information on changes to the LCAPA process, please see the message below from our lobbyist, Martha Zaragoza-Diaz, and two attachments:
- The Governor’s Executive Order regarding LCAP and transparency
- Answers to frequently asked questions in regards to budgets and local control from the CDE
There are certainly important changes to note about these processes this year and it is important that the music education community stays updated and engaged. Remember that “local control” means that there must be advocates in every district for music education.
Regarding the new state arts education framework, it has passed the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) and is now with the State Board of Education (SBE). An item will be heard at the May 7 SBE meeting that will set the approval date of the framework in July. We will keep you informed as the July meeting approaches.
Please let me or Martha know if you have any questions. Stay safe and be well.
CMEA Advocacy Representative