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Even though it isn’t yet clear who will face off against Democratic incumbent Ricardo Lara for California insurance commissioner in the November general election, the slate of statewide ballot initiatives is beginning to take shape. Other initiatives: An initiative to set aside a certain amount of state money each year to fund arts and music education in K-12 public schools, primarily by employing teachers.
June 29, 2022
A November ballot initiative championed by Beutner and celebrities such as singer Katy Perry and actor Issa Rae would, if passed, bring between $800 million and $1 billion to arts and music education for students across the state. School leaders would be able to choose how to spend the funds for their own student body.
June 22, 2022
K-12 Dive
“This measure shows that California can make the needed investment in education without raising taxes. Southern California’s creative sector feeds the nation’s economy. By enriching the school experience of all California students today, we’ll nourish the well-rounded, diverse workforce we need tomorrow,” said Tracy Hernandez, BizFed Founding CEO.
June 21, 2022
Press Release
The arts can be a safe haven for children to face big emotions, to channel fears and frustrations into acts of creativity. Under this initiative, school leaders would choose what to spend the money on, deciding which artistic pursuit, from dance and drawing to animation, best suits the needs of their students.
June 10, 2022
California students would see new arts and music classes offered under a November ballot measure championed by Austin Beutner, the former superintendent of the L.A. Unified School District. The proposal would require as much as $1 billion in existing government revenue to be set aside for the programs beginning in the 2023-24 academic year.
May 13, 2022
LA Times
On Tuesday, April 26, 2022, the #VoteArtsAndMusic ballot measure for arts and music education in public schools celebrated a milestone of obtaining more than 1 million signatures - many collected by volunteers from around the state - to qualify for the November ballot. The official kick-off for the campaign included performances by students of all ages across California, presentations from teachers, and appearances from entertainment industry leaders and celebrities. The event was hosted by the coalition leader, Austin Beutner, and Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier.
April 27, 2022

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