An arts education task force formed by California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is calling for arts education to be elevated to a core subject and be available to all students.
“We have been extremely fortunate to have such a knowledgeable and creative group committed to helping our state rebuild its infrastructure for arts education,” Torlakson said. “The picture they paint is one of a relevant, robust and dynamic curriculum to keep kids in schools, narrow the achievement gap and give students an opportunity to discover and develop their individual talents. But they also highlight the need to make certain all students have access to arts education so they can explore their own artistic vision.”
California State PTA representatives served on the group that developed the Blueprint, and the association is part of the new CREATE CA Coalition dedicated to building public will around the recommendations.