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CMEA Joins Other Three Arts Education Associations to Participate in Hearing on Education Code Compliance

Date:  Friday, November 6, 2015

Location:  Paley Center for Media,465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA  90210

Time:  1:00 – 4:00 p.m.


State Senator Ben Allen, Chair, and Assemblymember Ian Calderon, Vice Chair, will be holding an Oversight Hearing of the Joint Committee on the Arts in November to address Arts Education Code Compliance in the visual and performing arts.  CMEA President Michael Stone, along with the leaders of the other three professional arts educator associations in California, will participate in a panel discussion on the issue.  The Hearing is open to the public and there will be the opportunity for members of the public to provide comments at the proceedings.


More information will be posted soon at:  http://sd26.senate.ca.gov/ .  The hearing will be streamed for those who cannot attend in person.  For further information and to RSVP, please contact Lauren Pizer Mains at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (310) 318-6994.


Legislative Flyer



DEADLINE: Send fax on or before Wednesday, April 15, 2015

  1. On the FAX letter  (page 2 of the included document), type at the bottom of the letter:
  • Your Full Name
  • Title (Optional)
  • Personal Mailing Address
  1. Print your FAX Letter and SIGN
  1. Fax your letter to:

(916) 445-7799

California Senate Education Committee Fax Number

Your fax will go directly to the Senate Education Office, be submitted to the Senate Education Committee and be officially counted by the committee as a letter of support for SB 725.  The hearing for SB 725 (Hancock) will be on Wednesday, April 22 in the Senate Education Committee.

DEADLINE: Send FAX Letter by Wednesday, April 15.


You may consider editing the letter to personalize it

In order for your FAX Letter to be counted by the Senate Education Committee, it needs to have:

  1. Your signature
  2. Your clear Position on SB 725 (Hancock)

(As demonstrated by the Title of the FAX Letter)

Fax Document

LCFF Funding

Dear CMEA Member:

CMEA is seeking anecdotal data as to whether or not school districts have increased spending for music education during the 2014-2015 school as a result of the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).  Please send examples of new spending in your school district to Steve Venz, CMEA Advocacy Representative, at by December 1, 2014.  Mr. Venz’s e-mail address is:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Examples of new spending might include newly-created teacher positions or increased supply and equipment budgets.  You may want to view you district’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) which is likely available on your school district’s website.

CMEA will be providing formal feedback on the LCFF’s impact on music education when its leaders visit the State Legislature and the Governor’s Office at the May 21, 2015 California Music Education Advocacy Day at the State Capitol.

A reminder that eight required areas of State priority must be addressed in all LCAP’s:

-Student Achievement

-Student Engagement

-Other Student Outcomes

-School Climate

-Parental Involvement

-Basic Services

-Implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

-Course Access


Clearly, music education fits into many of these areas.  Is your district including spending for music education in its LCAP? 

More information about the LCFF may be found at on the Legislative Analyst’s Office Website at:  http://www.lao.ca.gov/reports/2013/edu/lcff/lcff-072913.aspx .



Michael D. Stone, President

California Music Educators Association (CMEA)