Assemblymember O’Donnell Legislation Supporting Arts Education Heads to the Governor

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(SACRAMENTO) – AB 2862, by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), promoting visual and performing arts education won approval from the Legislature today. The bill updates California’s academic standards to ensure students have access to modern curriculum and instructional materials in the arts.

“As a classroom teacher, I cannot overemphasize the critical role arts education plays in student success,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee. “Research shows that arts education contributes to higher test scores, reduces truancy, and lowers dropout rates.”

California’s Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) standards have not been updated since 2001 and are in dire need of revision so students can benefit from current curriculum, instruction, and instructional materials. AB 2862 authorizes the Superintendent of Public Instruction, in conjunction with experts in arts instruction and the general public, to recommend updated VAPA standards to the State Board of Education.  New standards would be adopted no later than January 31, 2019.  The bill is co-sponsored by the California Art Education Association as well as the California Music Educators Association and is supported by a wide variety of statewide education advocacy groups.

The Governor has until September 30 to sign AB 2862 into law.

Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District, which includes
Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.