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LA schools' superintendent to report on arts plan

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More than seven months after financial details for Los Angeles Unified's new arts education plan were due, district officials told KPCC Monday that Superintendent John Deasy will provide an update on the arts plan at Tuesday's board meeting.

But it's unclear whether he will release the long-awaited budget, which advocacy organizations have been clamoring for. Little information - and no supporting documents - accompany the "arts to the core update" item on the board's agenda.

Arts for LA launched a parent action center on Feb. 5, encouraging parents to pressure school board members for the budget. As of Friday, parents had submitted about 225 letters to their representatives on the board.

The report was added to Tuesday's agenda on Feb. 5 as well.

Arts for LA's executive director, Danielle Brazell, had first written to Deasy in January asking for the budget. She said she got no response.

The arts plan was released to the public in July 2013. The 44-page document called for increasing the number of roving elementary arts teachers in the district, creating a citywide cultural network of partners from organizations like museums and art galleries, and boosting general classroom teachers' knowledge of how to incorporate arts instruction into other subjects like science and language arts. 

The plan followed a school board resolution in October 2012 to make arts a core subject, equal to math and English.

Arts teacher positions had been dwindling in the district - down to about 670 teachers  in 2012-13, from 865  in 2010-2011. Those numbers come from California Department of Education data examined by KPCC and compares full-time equivalent teacher positions in the four main art categories. The numbers are not comprehensive.

Deasy is expected to address the arts plan near the start of the 11 a.m. meeting. The school board room meets at 333 South Beaudry Avenue in downtown Los Angeles.

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