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

These are the bills the Alliance is supporting:

SB 840 (Mitchell) BUDGET ACT OF 2018 (as amended June 10, 2018) - Item 6100-134-0890, Provision 10, $44,080,000 on a one-time basis for grants prioritized for 1) Enhancing Visual and Performing Arts Education - SUPPORT

June 27, 2018: Governor Brown signed the California budget. Item 6100-134-0890, Provision 10, $44,080,000, remains in the governor’s budget, SB 840, p. 534.

Summary: This bill includes a $44 million one-time budget appropriation to support the "Arts for Every Student Act" (SB 933). Read our Letter of Support.

SB 933 (Allen) VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS EDUCATION: ARTS FOR EVERY STUDENT ACT - SUPPORT

June 27, 2018: The bill passed the Assembly Education Committee 7-0.

Summary: This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact the California Arts Education Act and would make related findings and declarations. Read our Letter of Support.

Learn more about our call to support $50 million in the state budget to fund SB 933.

AB 1984 (Garcia) CALIFORNIA MUSEUMS FOR ALL - SUPPORT

May 25, 2018: The bill was held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Summary: Would establish the California Museums for All program, under the administration of the endowment. The bill would require a museum, as defined, participating in the program to offer free to $3 admission fees during its normal hours of operation for each person who presents an electronic benefits transfer card and a current and valid photo identification, and up to 3 guests who are accompanying that person. Read our Letter of Support.

HR 87 (Chu) ARTS EDUCATION MONTH RESOLUTION - SUPPORT

Summary: This measure declares March 2018 to be Arts Education Month. This bill encourages elected officials to participate with their educational communities in celebrating the arts and urges all residents to become interested in and give full support to quality school arts programs for children and youth. Read our Letter of Support.


These are the bills the Alliance is following:

AB 1734 (Calderon) INCOME TAXES: CREDITS: MOTION PICTURES

Summary: Current law allows the credit for the taxable year in which the California Film Commission issues a credit certificate for the qualified motion picture for the applicable percentage of all qualified expenditures, as defined, paid or incurred by the qualified taxpayer in all taxable years for that qualified motion picture. Existing law limits the aggregate amount of these credits allocated in each fiscal year to $330 million, through and including the 2019–20 fiscal year. This bill would allow and extend the allocation of those credits through and including an unspecified fiscal year, and would limit the aggregate amount of those credits allocated in each fiscal year to an unspecified amount.

AB 1743 (O'Donnell) CALIFORNIA CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION INCENTIVE GRANT PROGRAM

Summary: This bill would specify that the purpose of the program is to encourage and maintain the delivery of high quality career technical education programs during implementation of the school district and charter school local control funding formula and the development of career readiness metrics within the California School Dashboard.

AB 2285 (O'Donnell) TEACHER CREDENTIALING: OUT OF STATE PREPARED TEACHERS

Summary: Current law requires the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to issue a clear multiple subject, single subject, or education specialist teaching credential to an out-of-state applicant who satisfies specified requirements, including documenting, in a manner prescribed by the commission, that he or she has completed 150 clock hours of activities that contribute to his or her competence, performance, and effectiveness in the education profession, or that he or she has earned a master’s degree or higher in a field related to the credential, or the equivalent semester units, from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. This bill would eliminate that requirement as a condition for an out-of-state applicant to be issued a clear multiple subject, single subject, or education specialist teaching credential.

AB 2523 (Grayson) DIGITAL LITERACY: PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Summary: Current law provides for a system of public schools and requires the adopted course of study for grades 1 to 12, inclusive, to include instruction in specified areas of study. This bill would state that it is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would address digital literacy in public schools and the ability of pupils to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills.

AB 2609 (O'Donnell) TEACHER CREDENTIALING: SINGLE SUBJECT TEACHING CREDENTIALS: REVIEW OF SUBJECTS

Summary: Current law requires the commission to periodically review and assess the adequacy and relevance of those subjects, and report its findings and recommendations to the Legislature. This bill would instead require the commission to annually review and assess the adequacy and relevance of those subjects, and report its findings and recommendations to the Legislature.

AB 2635 (Weber) EDUCATION FINANCE: LOCAL CONTROL FUNDING FORMULA: SUPPLEMENTAL GRANTS: LOWEST PERFORMING PUPIL SUBGROUP OR SUBGROUPS

Summary: Would, commencing with the 2018–19 fiscal year, adjust the definition of “unduplicated pupils” to include pupils who are included in the lowest performing subgroup or subgroups, as defined, based on the most recently available mathematics or language arts results on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, as specified. The bill would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction to annually identify the lowest performing pupil subgroup or subgroups.

AB 2683 (Gipson) ARTS EDUCATION: PUPILS FROM EXTREMELY LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES: GRANT PROGRAM

Summary: Would create the California Student Author Art and Literacy Project as a grant program for the benefit of pupils from extremely low income communities. The bill would appropriate $1,000,000 from the General Fund to the Arts Council in the 2018–19 fiscal year for purposes of providing grant awards to nonprofit organizations for purposes of the program, as specified. The bill would require a grant recipient, during the 2019–20 and 2020–21 school years, to establish a pupil author book publishing program for pupils in grades 6 to 12, inclusive, from housing developments with a median income level of 30% of area median income.

AB 2936 (Nazarian) INCOME TAXES: CREDITS: MOTION PICTURES

Summary: Would require the commission to allocate those credits before July 1, 2025, as specified.

AB 3063 (Weber) EDUCATION GOVERNANCE: STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

Summary: Would make a nonsubstantive change in this latter provision.

SB 830 (Dodd) PUPIL INSTRUCTION: MEDIA LITERACY: MODEL CURRICULUM

March 14, 2018: The bill passed as amended and will go to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Summary: Would require the Instructional Quality Commission to develop, and the State Board of Education to adopt, reject, or modify, a model curriculum in media literacy for kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive, for voluntary use by educators.

SB 832 (Portantino) INCOME TAXES: CREDITS: MOTION PICTURES

Summary: The Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law allow various credits against the taxes imposed by those laws, including motion picture credits for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2016, to be allocated by the California Film Commission on or after July 1, 2015, and before July 1, 2020, subject to a computation and ranking of applicants based on a jobs ratio. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to extend those credits.

SB 951 (Mitchell) INCOME TAXES: CREDITS: MOTION PICTURES

Summary: Current law allows the credit for the taxable year in which the California Film Commission issues a credit certificate for the qualified motion picture for the applicable percentage of all qualified expenditures, as defined, paid or incurred by the qualified taxpayer in all taxable years for that qualified motion picture. Current law limits the aggregate amount of these credits allocated in each fiscal year to $330 million, through and including the 2019–20 fiscal year. This bill would allow and extend the allocation of those credits.

SB 1214 (Portantino) PERSONAL INCOME TAXES: DEDUCTIONS: QUALIFIED TEACHER: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EXPENSES

Summary: For each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2019, and before January 1, 2024, would allow as a deduction from gross income an amount equal to the amount paid or incurred, up to $2,500, for teacher professional development expenses by a qualified taxpayer during the taxable year for no more than 3 taxable years.