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.
SB 725 (Hancock) PUPIL INSTRUCTION AND SERVICES; VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS CONTENT STANDARDS – SUPPORT
SB 725 passed on the Senate Floor and now moves to the Assembly.
Summary: Current law required the State Board of Education, by June 1, 2001, to adopt content standards in the curriculum area of visual and performing arts pursuant to recommendations developed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction. This bill would repeal those provisions and would require the state board, by June 30, 2017, to adopt, reject, or modify visual andperforming arts standards submitted by the Superintendent in accordance with specified requirements. Fact Sheet by bill's authors. Read our Letter of Support.
SCR 14 (Fuller) ARTS EDUCATION MONTH – SUPPORT
SUMMARY: This bill would proclaim March to be Arts Education Month and would encourage all elected officials to participate with their educational communities in celebrating the arts.
AB 55 (Nazarian) ARTS – SUPPORT
This bill has been held in appropriations and will be resolved by the budget committee.
Summary: Current law establishes the Arts Council composed of 11 members, with the Speaker of the Assembly and the Senate Committee on Rules each appointing one member and the Governor appointing 9 members who are subject to confirmation by the Senate. The Arts Council is authorized to award grants, as specified. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would increase funding for the arts.
AB 189 (Bloom) ARTS COUNCIL; CULTURAL DISTRICTS – SUPPORT
This bill has passed to the Senate. Since Bloom is a member of the conference committee, part of this bill may become a trailer bill.
Summary: Would require the Arts Council to establish criteria and guidelines for state designated cultural districts, as defined. The bill would require the council to establish a competitive application system for certification, provide technical and promotional support for certified state-designated cultural districts, and collaborate with public agencies and private entities to maximize the benefits of state-designated cultural districts. The bill would provide that a geographical area within the state may be certified as a state-designated cultural district by applying to the council for certification, as provided.
AB 740 (Weber) ACADEMIC CONTENT STANDARDS; UPDATE OF ADOPTED STANDARDS - SUPPORT
This bill has passed to the Senate.
Summary: Would require the Superintendent, by January 1, 2017, to recommend to the state board a schedule for the regular update of academic content standards in all subjects for which standards have been adopted by the state board in accordance with specified procedures, including the establishment of academic content standards advisory committees for those purposes and the recommendation of proposed updates by those committees to the state board.
AB 1391 (Gomez) PUPIL INSTRUCTION:ADOPTED COURSE OF STUDY FOR GRADES 1-6 PHYSICAL EDUCATION; COMPLAINTS – WATCH
This bill has passed to the Senate.
Summary: Would require a total period of time of physical education instruction for pupils in grades 1 to 8, inclusive, of not less than 400 minutes each 20 schooldays. The bill would authorize a complaint that a school district or county office of education has not complied with the requirements of the adopted course of study for grades 1 to 6, inclusive, to be filed with the school district or county office of education pursuant to the Uniform Complaint Procedures, as specified, and would provide that the Uniform Complaint Procedures shall be the adequate remedy at law for that complaint.
ACR 46 (Calderon) ARTS COUNCIL: FUNDING SUPPORT
Summary: Would encourage a unified effort between the Governor and the legislature to increase funding for the California Arts Council.