L.A.Unified Doubles Arts Commitment with $2 Million to Schools

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 7, 2016) -- In L.A. Unified’s continued commitment to provide excellence in arts education, the Division of Instruction’s Arts Education Branch (AEB) recently distributed $2 million dollars in arts allocations to all schools.

The amounts, based on both the arts equity index and projected school enrollment, are to support programming at the school site, purchase materials, equipment and textbooks; encourage partnerships, and to provide professional development and/or arts field trips. The most underserved secondary schools received over $12,000 with the remaining campuses getting between $1,500 and $7,000.

The Arts Equity Index measures student access to arts instruction using a filter of twelve factors that include a school’s socio-economic status, the number of foster youth and English Language Learners, existing arts programs, arts partners, and professional development for teachers in arts pedagogy.

Rory Pullens, L.A. Unified’s Executive Director of Arts Education said, “We know that arts instruction provides students with skills to prepare them for the 21st century workplace.  One of six in Los Angeles County work in the creative industry.  Our students in LA must be prepared, so this additional support matters.” 

He added, “It’s time we stop saying that the arts have disappeared from L.A. Unified public schools. The Board of Education has made excellence through the arts a centerpiece of their 2013 Arts Plan resolution. We fully intend to make that plan a reality.”

This allocation is in addition to the amount principals might use from their school budget or what might be included in their Title I Plan. The allocation funding comes from a strategic use of LCFF (Local Control Funding Formula) Arts Education funding.  

There is much excitement about what this extra arts funding will mean for the students.  “Many of our schools have adopted a STEAM focus - Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS and Math this year,” said Local District South Superintendent Chris Downing, “so this additional funding will aid their efforts.”

About the Arts Education Branch:

Part of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Arts Education Branch partners with local and national arts, entertainment and philanthropic communities to collaboratively support the growth of a robust arts culture. Nearly 650,000 K-12 students receive a comprehensive and challenging visual and performing arts curriculum. The Arts Education Branch sponsors school, family, and community arts-related programs and staff professional development for cutting-edge arts education design and implementation.

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