Maryjane Puffer, Executive Director of The L.A. Trust greets a group of L.A Trust Board members, community members, and students as they take a bus tour of the Wellness Centers throughout LAUSD. This stop was at the Crenshaw High School Wellness Center (there are also Centers at Washington Preparatory and Dorsey High Schools). The LA Trust is collaborating with the LAUSD Student Health and Human Services Division and the Joint Use Development Program to increase access to vital health care for students and families in our community. They believe every person should have access to good health. The Centers improve the health and well-being of the Los Angeles Communities they serve by providing excellent and affordable prevention, primary and behavioral health care that is accessible to all. Health and Wellness supports the LAUSD’s mission to improve academic achievement: Student Health = Student Success! – See more at http://thelatrust.org/wellness-centers/#sthash.xJEYrbxp.dpuf
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.