As part of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s continued commitment to providing excellence in visual and performing arts, the Arts Education Branch funded today schools with a total of more than $1 million.
The arts allocations, based on both the arts equity index and school enrollment, were made to support programming at the school site, purchase artsmaterials, equipment and textbooks; fund arts partnerships, and provide professional development and/or arts field trips. Most schools received $1,000 to $7,000, with some larger secondary schools receiving up to nearly $10,000.
The Arts Equity Index measures student access to arts instruction using a filter of 12 factors. Thoseinclude: the school’s socio-economic status, the number of foster youth and English Language Learners; the existing arts programs, arts partners, and professional development for arts teachers. These investments were funded through the Local Control Funding Formula, which are state funds used to increase flexibility at the local level.
Rory Pullens, the District’s executive director of Arts Education, added, “We are determined to get schools what they need when it comes to the arts. This allocation is in addition to what principals might use from their school budget or what might be included in their Title I Plan.”
Reginald Brookens, principal of King Drew High School Medical Magnet, said, “We will use these funds to start a comprehensive music program I want the students to have a full-service high school with STEAM-Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS and Math.