Art matters with many districts reinventing art education to fit Common Core standards curriculum .
Here is a guest article on what the LAUSD is doing to promote the arts
By Robin Kemker On January 16, 2013 @ 8:46 pm In West
Speakers, flanked by posters of successful L.A. talent, visit briefly as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa begins to speak. Featured talents included celebrities Tom Cruise, George Lucas, John Legend, James Cameron, Eddie “Piolín” Sotelo, and Kathleen Kennedy, as well as education professionals Veronica Marquez and Monica Garcia. (Robin Kemker/The Epoch Times)
As the 2008 financial crash took its toll throughout the world from London to New York to Los Angeles schools started trimming their art budgets. The arts was hit more heavily than the nationally regulated mandatory core subjects, which have minimum scholastic performance criteria.
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is the second largest public school system in the United States with some 700,000 students. In early 2012, “art for the sake of art” became no longer affordable, and the LAUSD Board of Education proposed that its elementary arts budget be reduced to zero. Since 2008, the board has reduced the overall district art budget by $3 billion.