After years of budget cuts, California's new the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) offers a historic opportunity for us to invest in students who are often under served in our public schools. The new law provides additional funding to help reach, engage and improve achievement among these students. A substantial body of research demonstrates that arts education can be an asset to schools and districts in achieving these goals.
Studies find that arts education increases student learning and achievement and helps teachers more effectively meet the needs of all students. Research also shows that both integrated and non-integrated forms of arts education help to transform the learning environment in schools by fostering student engagement, attendance, and motivation to learn, and improving school culture and climate.
The California Alliance for Arts Education has developed a set of tools that advocates can use to educate their local leaders abut the benefits of arts education, including:
1. A download-able 3-minute powerpoint presentation
2. A printed leave behind flyer (that can be used with or in lieu of a ppt)
3. An edit-able script for the 3-minute presentation that includes tips on how to make an effective presentation and other mechanics of attending this meeting!
Materials are available at: http://www.artsed411.org/action_center/LCFF_Toolkit