As announced in the San Jose Mercury News, Gov. Schwarzenegger has vetoed a bill that would have waived high school graduation requirements for arts education (and foreign languages), allowing students to opt for credits in career and technical education coursework instead.
The real kicker here would have been the creation of a de facto caste system, whereby
only those on a pathway to college are required to take the arts. Those
who may go on to a vocation, well, they don’t need the arts do they? As
the son of a stagehand and a secretary, I found the notion to be just plain offensive.
For background on this, here are some of my previous entries:
And, Common Core posted a few superb blogs about this fight, well worth a read:
Hats off to the superb work of the California Alliance for Arts Education and their partners!