Jan 11, 2010

LAUSD Arts Ed Call to Action

Arts for LA has launched an advocacy campaign to voice support for
arts education in LAUSD, the second largest school district in the
nation. The campaign was developed in response to California's
continuing fiscal crisis and LAUSD's subsequent proposal to eliminate
50% of Elementary Arts Teachers, or 173 of 345 teachers, for the
2010-2011 school year. The purpose of the campaign is to win board
support to maintain the integrity of LAUSD's Arts Education program by
retaining its elementary arts teachers.

Arts for LA has created an Action Center at www.artsforla.org/groups/lausd
to inform and inspire students, parents, business owners and the
creative communities throughout the region to participate in this
unprecedented advocacy effort. All stakeholders are encouraged to
visit the site to send a letter to School Board representatives
encouraging them to maintain the arts teacher positions.

In 1999, the Los Angeles Unified School District took an historic
leadership role in restoring standards-based arts education by
adopting a ten-year plan and hiring key implementation staff. LAUSD
invested millions of dollars in this initiative. The investment
focused on three areas: Classroom Instruction, Teacher Development and
Community Partnerships. LAUSD has spent ten years recruiting,
training, and supporting these teachers.

Visit www.artsforla.org for more information and to take action.


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