Resolution to Expand Arts Education in California Public Schools

RESOLUTION 15-05.51

Resolution to Expand Arts Education in California Public Schools

WHEREAS, arts education in California Public Schools has been cut starting with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2003 and continuing through the economic downturn to the present, resulting in some schools having little or no arts education; and

WHEREAS, arts education is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students, enabling students to develop critical thinking, imagination and creativity; and

WHEREAS, to prepare our students for success and for professions that are growing and essential, it is imperative that our schools offer an arts education that includes both the fine arts and the commercial arts as a way to introduce students to possible career paths that they may not be aware of and may be of interest to them;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party urges education policymakers to restore and expand fine arts and commercial arts education; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this resolution be communicated to Governor Jerry Brown, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

Sponsored by LACDP

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its Summer/Fall 2015 E-board Meeting
Hyatt Regency
August 16, 2015

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