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Long Beach elementary parents pay for extra music education

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| The PTA gives $20,000 to provide additional music instruction for kids at Longfellow Elementary School . The money was raised in a jog-a-thon.

Effort emerging to bring arts back to California prisons

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California state senator Ted Lieu is among a group of lawmakers and arts advocates hoping to resurrect arts education programming at California prisons.

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Harvard president and Wynton Marsalis advocate for arts education

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In an opinion piece for USA Today, Drew Faust and Wynton Marsalis called for an increase of arts education. They cited statistics showing that arts ed has declined.

6 months later, LA schools' arts plan still has no budget

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LAUSD's new arts plan was released to the public in July, with no funding. Now, a school board member is calling for a report on the plan's budget at a school board meeting in January.

Competitive Caroling: Only top students make the cut at Burbank high school

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For about 30 years, holiday caroling has been a yearly tradition at John Burroughs High School in Burbank. The performances can earn the school $3,000 to $4,000 per year.

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California groups get $4 million in NEA grant funding

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The federal arts agency awarded 167 grants to California groups on Wednesday - 11 of them focused on arts education, which got a $392,000 boost.

Anaheim schools to try Kickstarter for musical instruments

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City school district hasn't had instrumental music classes for its 19,000 k-sixth graders. School leaders are trying to give students an orchestra.

LA schools board member Bennett Kayser talks arts education

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Kayser, who joined the board in 2011, gives his thoughts on roving arts teachers, arts integration into other subjects and why the arts budget is taking so long.