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California law requires arts education: Does your school district follow it?

originally posted by KPCC
October 23, 2013

California’s state education code requires that the arts are taught to first-12th graders, but is that really happening?

Pass/Fail first covered this issue back in July, when we profiled longtime arts educator Carl Schafer.

He’s spent the past year and a half lobbying state officials to enforce the law, which requires that first through sixth graders receive instruction, “beginning in grade 1 and continuing through grade 6,” in dance, music, theater, and visual arts.

Seventh through 12th graders are required to receive arts instruction, too: The education code requires that students in those grades experience an “adopted course of study” with courses offered in the same arts fields.

But currently, the state doesn’t enforce those provisions of the education code. It’s up to school districts to follow them on their own.

KPCC is surveying district superintendents throughout Southern California to find out more about how arts education is taught in the region.

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