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Elementary school arts program to be partially restored in L.A. Unified


Los Angeles Unified School District officials are expected to restore $5 million to elementary arts programs that were cut in half as part of efforts to balance next year’s budget, The Times has learned.

 

The restoration comes amid ongoing pressure from arts groups and powerful local philanthropists to spare the programs, but Supt. Ramon C. Cortines said his decision was unrelated to these entreaties.

 

The programs are not being made entirely whole, he added. They will be reduced by about one-third from current levels. The increase in funding is likely to spare the jobs of some teachers who otherwise would be laid off.

 

Cortines said he made the move because recent financial projections regarding this year’s $640-million deficit proved slightly better than expected. As a result, no other service is being trimmed further to permit added arts funding in L.A. Unified.

 

“I felt I had to do something about restoring some of the arts,” he said. “That is what keeps kids in school.”

 

However, the superintendent warned that the governor’s proposed budget could add a new “$85-million hit” to the district’s budget.

 

Arts patrons and organizations have been applying pressure for the restoration of arts programs; their campaign included a full-page ad last week in The Times.

 

That advertisement angered school board Steve Zimmer, among others, in that it appeared nine days after the school system failed to pass Measure E, a parcel tax that could have fully restored elementary arts education. Zimmer was among those who campaigned for the parcel tax, but Measure E captured little support and minimal funding from many civic leaders, including some who signed the ad.

 

-- Howard Blume

 
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Want to know the main problem with arts? There's NO TIME for it with the No Child Left Behind mandates! Teachers....agree or disagree?

In order to pass the parcel taxes, districts typically threaten to cut things dear to the voter's heart.. arts programs, libraries, teachers, etc as a scare tactic. Yes, funding is tight, but there are other cuts to be made. You will see more of these items being restored as they magically find other things to cut.

To those who keep saying "don't raise taxes for education, there are still more cuts to be made" - what would you like? For California go from 46th in the nation in per pupil spending to 50th? Last year at our pubic elementary school, we have already lost 3 good teachers and custodial time, among other things. This coming year, we will lose our full-time assistant principal, which will directly affect our students with learning disabilities. These people will not be "magically" restored.

This is definitely welcomed news when all we seem to be hearing is budget cuts, teacher layoffs etc. It's especially surprising that it is an art program.

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