The Alliance tracks all legislation that may impact arts education in California public schools. Right now, we urge you to oppose Assembly Bill 2446 (Furutani).
AB 2446 would undermine access to arts education courses by adding career technical education as an alternative to the existing graduation requirement of one year of visual and performing arts or foreign language. While we support efforts to create pathways to the workforce for students, AB 2446 does so at the expense of arts education.
Without a course in the visual and performing arts, students would be ineligible to attend UC and CSU schools. In addition, arts education classes help keep at-risk students in school, increase academic performance and develop what President Obama has described as “21st century skills like problem-solving and critical thinking, entrepreneurship and creativity.”
Last year, with your support, the Alliance opposed a similar bill (AB 554) and convinced Assemblyman Furutani to amend the proposal. Unfortunately, the bill is now back in its original form. To read the full text of the bill, click here.
Send a letter to the State Assembly Education Committee members. We’ve provided a template, but please take a moment to customize the language and communicate why arts education is important to students in your district!
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