We stay on top of the latest trends, opportunities and threats in our field. Our newsletter provides a digest of current arts education headlines; our Legislative Update tracks bills in the California Legislature that could impact arts programs in our schools; and, our blog offers an in depth view or opinion on current policy issues. Below are the latest news stories about our work.  

Legislative Updates - July 2017

 

Americans for the Arts Action Alert: #SAVEtheNEA

July 12, 2017: The U.S. House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee has approved a bill that calls for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to be funded at $145 million in FY 2018. This is a $5 million cut from current levels.

Though it rejects the termination request sought by the Administration, the proposal is $10 million less than the funding request supported by a record number of members of Congress this year, and would put the agency back to funding levels last seen in FY 2008.

Take two minutes to urge your congressional delegation to pass a budget that supports access to the arts in America for all.

Read a statement from Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch.


These are the bills the Alliance is following this Legislative Session:

SB 159 (Allen)
SB 436 (Allen)
SB 503 (Newman)
SB 777 (Allen)
AB 37 (O'Donnell)
AB 269 (Waldron)
AB 385 (Chu)
AB 755 (Garcia)

Budget Update, June 13, 2017: The proposal to delay the update of new arts standards was removed from the budget. Read our Letter of Opposition on the delay of new arts standards.

SB 503 (Newman) PERSONAL INCOME TAXES: KEEP ARTS IN SCHOOLS VOLUNTARY TAX CONTRIBUTION FUND (as amended March 20, 2017) - SUPPORT

July 5, 2017: The bill passed out of the Assembly Arts, Entertainment, Sport, Tourism, and Internet Media Committee and will go to the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee.

Summary: This bill would extend the Keep Arts in Schools Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund on the tax form for an additional seven years, from January 1, 2018 until January 1, 2025. Read our Letter of Support.

SB 777 (Allen) SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS (as introduced February 17, 2017) - SUPPORT

May 25, 2017: The bill was held in the Senate Appropriations Committee. SB 777 is a two-year bill and will be eligible to get out of committee in January 2018, the second year of the current legislative session.

Summary: This bill would require the State Department of Education to establish a statewide program to provide professional development training to assist school districts and county boards of education with offering instruction in visual and performing arts and including information about courses offered in visual and performing arts in a local control and accountability plan. Read our Letter of Support.

AB 37 (O'Donnell) PUPIL INSTRUCTION: VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS: CONTENT STANDARDS IN MEDIA ARTS - SUPPORT

July 3, 2017: The bill passed the Senate and will go to the governor for his action.

Summary: This bill would require the Superintendent to additionally recommend visual and performing arts standards in the subject of media arts, and require those recommendations to go through the same development, public review, and approval process for recommended revisions to the visual and performing arts content standards, as described. Read our Letter of Support.

AB 385 (Chu) CALIFORNIA LONGITUDINAL PUPIL ACHIEVEMENT DATA SYSTEM: REQUIRED PUPIL DATA (as introduced February 9, 2017) - SUPPORT

June 14, 2017: The bill passed out of the Senate Education Committee and will go to Senate Appropriations.

Summary: This bill would require the State Department of Education to, as part of the CALPADS, require local educational agencies to provide subject level enrollment and completion data for pre-kindergarten, and any of grades 1-12, inclusive, as applicable, to aid in the accomplishment of the goals of the CALPADS. To the extent these provisions would require the reporting of more information by local educational agencies than is required under federal law, the bill would impose a state mandated local program. Read our Letter of Support.

AB 755 (Garcia) MUSEUMS: CALIFORNIA MUSEUMS FOR ALL (as amended March 23, 2017) - SUPPORT

Summary: This bill would create a program within the state of California to build on the success of the national initiative, "Museums for All," and would increase funding for the California Cultural and Historic Endowment’s Museum and Cultural Resources Program. Read our Letter of Support.

SCR 24 (Fuller) ARTS EDUCATION MONTH - SUPPORT

Summary: This measure would proclaim March 2017 to be Arts Education Month and would encourage all elected officials to participate with their educational communities in celebrating the arts.