It’s back! AB 1330 is the same bill we fought last year with a new number.

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Why Oppose AB 1330? Questions and Answers

What is AB 1330? This bill is an almost exact replica of last year’s AB 2446, which was vetoed due to cost concerns. The legislation will change California high school graduation requirements resulting in an “either / or” choice between Career Technical Education (CTE) and the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA).

Why Oppose 1330? There is a better way to advance CTE. Last year we published a white paper that advocates a ‘Both / And’ approach to CTE and VAPA, in which these disciplines work together to create the best benefit for students. Pitting one subject area against another will accelerate the damage to arts education in recent years:

  • In 2000, more than one million students were enrolled in school music programs. By 2008, that number had dropped by 57% to to 470,000.
  • Inadequate funding is the main reason for these declines in arts education.
  • With the state’s budget crisis, these numbers have worsened. In 2009, 60% of districts surveyed by the Legislative Analysts Office had shifted Arts and Music Block Grant funds away from arts and music programs. 20% of those districts cut programs altogether.
  • According to a national study, African American and Latino students are impacted disproportionately by declines. There was a 49% drop among African Americans and 40% drop among Latinos.

In tough times, don’t certain programs need to be cut? Creativity and innovation are vital to student success and California’s economic recovery.

  • 1500 CEOs surveyed by IBM ranked creativity as the number one trait they look for in employees.
  • Arts education is linked to higher academic performance and standardized test scores, increased community service and lower dropout rates.
Update as of June 30, 2011: The bill has heard by the Senate Education Committee yesterday. The Alliance provided testimony against the bill, but after heated discussion, it was passes. AB 1330 next moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee. Stay tuned for an action alert when the bill next come to a vote.  
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4 Responses to “It’s back! AB 1330 is the same bill we fought last year with a new number.”

  1. Darren Says:

    Last year’s bill was not vetoed due to cost concerns. It was vetoed because the governor did not want upset his Hollywood friends. It is questionable whether or not he even read the bill, since it carried NO financial clauses and put no fiscal pressure on any school or district.
    No offense, but Your “Both/And” white paper was a joke, as it mainly served to show the perceived superiority of the fine arts over the “manual” arts, while offering NO solutions on how to strengthen both our positions.
    CTE does not and will not steal funding from V/PA. CTE classes are funded by Federal Government via Carl Perkins funds. This funding has been steady since the 1950s, and no other academic programs have access to it, so don’t cry wolf o money, please.
    Creativity and innovation ARE vital to student success and California’s economic recovery. I challenge you to show me how CTE does not develop a student’s higher-level thinking ability and problem-solving skills as they apply knowledge and creativity to solve real-world problems. CTE is also linked to higher academic performance and standardized test scores, as well as increased community college matriculation/completion and lower dropout rates.
    Last year’s bill passed both House and Legislature without a single no vote. Do not expect the current Governor nor the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to oppose this, since they have both stressed that the reinvigoration of CTE is critical to the state/national economic recovery, as well as to solving the dropout problem.
    V/PA education is in no danger of disappearing. It is part of the A-G requirements for entering a UC/CSU, and if you have any contact with k-12 education you would realize that all stakeholders in this system actively direct students to complete the A-G sequence, including the “F” requirement of VP/A classes.
    When all this is over and this legislation passes and becomes law, I look forward to working side by side with you, my friendly V/PA educators, to strengthen both our positions.
    Signed,
    A CTE teacher looking forward to curricular equity (at long last)

  2. Bill Brown Says:

    Perhaps CTE and art/music proponents should begin to COLLABORATE rather than fight for the scraps left to our programs by California CDE politicians?
    I believe we are fighting the same losing battle….. CDE politicians have taken away most of our student’s electives….assuming all California students will be Science majors attending Cal Berkeley or something!Don’t we both think students should have a CHOICE in what they take in high school?
    I am an Architecture Design teacher with a 10th grade son who wants to be a musician…..I am frustrated as a parent and a teacher with the current climate. The CDE has been spearheading the increased required courses for a LONG time now…….really unchallenged the entire time. Maybe together we can make some noise?

  3. Suzanne Fairly-Green Says:

    Students electives including art education are vital for the growth
    and perspective of our future leaders. In order for students to
    get into higher education, their elementary & high school
    curiculum is vitally important. If the state needs to cut budgets due to economic recovery, let the cuts come from salaries over $100.00 not from education.

  4. W. Braicov Says:

    I don’t understand the thought process of fellow teachers that is so critical of adding an alternative way to complete high school graduation requirements. Look at the graduation requiremnent that Art fills can be fullfilled by someone taking sign language. The two areas are completely differnt but fill that requirement. If Art is the only subject that should fill that spot, then all students should take 4 years of art even if they are not an art major. CHOICES IS WHAT SOME ARE AFRAID OF

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