Resolution on Expanding Arts Education to Prepare Our Students for Good Careers

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, there are hundreds of careers that involve the arts and the commercial arts; there is great need for arts-related professionals; and these careers offer high salaries (many with benefits), exist in the entire spectrum of business models from large corporations to small startups, and can be practiced as a staff position or on a freelance basis; 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 may not be aware of and may be of interest to them;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party urges education policymakers to restore and expand fine arts and commercial arts education as a path to good careers and futures for our students; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this resolution be communicated to Governor Jerry Brown, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines and Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools Arturo Delgado.

Adrienne Burk, AD 46

Adopted by LACDP 4/14/15

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