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Arts Education in California Schools Relies on Patchwork of Funding

This recent SF Examiner article offers snapshot of how schools in San Francisco and all over California rely on a "fraying patchwork of grants, programs and donations” for arts education. Some districts rely almost entirely on parent fundraising to maintain these programs, while schools in lower-income communities go without. San Francisco’s situation reflects conditions that exist across the state according to Mark Slavkin, chairman of the California Alliance for Arts Education, “The northeastern states are spending twice as much on education as California,” Slavkin said.

Governor Takes Action on Education Bills

Governor Brown took action on several education bills last week, signing AB 1330 into law and vetoing SB 547. Read Alliance Executive Director, Joe Landon's response to the Governor's action and how it will affect arts education in California classrooms.

Response to the Governor’s Actions on Education Bills

A message from Joe Landon, Executive Director of the California Alliance for Arts Education

How Music Education Helps Students Succeed

Music Matters, a new publication from the Arts Education Partnership, shows conclusively that: music education equips students to learn; music education facilitates student academic achievement; and music education develops the creative capacities for lifelong success.

The Alliance's new Executive Director, Joe Landon

Los Angeles, CA, July 7, 2011 - The Board of Directors of the California Alliance for Arts Education has named Joe Landon the organization’s new executive director, effective August 1. Landon currently serves as policy director for the Alliance.  He will replace Laurie Schell, who has served as executive director for the past ten years.

How will AB 165 affect your school district?

Science Teachers Love Art

By John M. Eger. Re-printed with permission from John M. Eger.

There is a growing debate in America about art and science.

One Superintendent’s Vision

Opening Remarks at the Launch of the Alliance for Arts Education in Humboldt County, on January 27, 2011

By Garry T. Eagles, Ph.D., Superintendent, Humboldt County Office of Education

Measuring Creativity and Innovation in California Schools

By Laurie Schell and Joe Landon, California Alliance for Arts Education

There’s a new Superintendent of Public Instruction in town…

by Joe Landon, Policy Director

Just three days after Tom Torlakson was installed as California’s new Superintendent of Public Instruction, his chief deputy, Richard Zeiger, met with the Policy Council of the California Alliance in Sacramento, to discuss the state of education in California, with a particular focus on arts education.