The Governor has signed AB 2862 and SB916 into law!   We made a difference for arts education in California!
 
Thank you to all for your diligence and hard work in this five year journey to update our VAPA Standards.  And now our Theatre and Dance colleagues will have equity with us!
 
We have come a long, long way in the past few years.  
 
Thank you to Russ Sperling for the Visionary Dream, to Mike Stone for the perseverance, and to Lynne Faulks for being our boots on the Capitol floors for the past 3 years!
 
It is time to Congratulate and Celebrate!
 
Thank you to all for your continued hard work on behalf of Music and Arts Education for all students in California.
 
Sincerely,
Scott Hedgecock
CMEA President
 
This link is to the Governor's list of bills signed on Monday, September 26, 2016:
 

AB 2862 (O'Donnell), the CMEA Sponsored bill for updating our VAPA Standards was just passed in the Assembly 68-0! Now on to the Senate. 

Your work as a membership in making calls and contacts to your legislators makes the difference! Thank you for being there when we needed you. Now the process repeats itself in the Senate.

Also, SB 916 (Allen), the Theatre and Dance credential bill (TADA) was passed unanimously out of the Senate and moves to the Assembly. 

A good day for Arts Education in California!

Yesterday, we notified you that we were nearing a conclusion related to the actions and comments made by Michael Butera. After a thorough review process, the National Executive Board of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and Michael Butera have agreed that he will not be returning to the association. We wish him well and thank him for his service to our purpose and mission.

Additionally, we are announcing that Michael Blakeslee will serve as the new Executive Director and Chief Executive Office for NAfME, effective immediately. Mr. Blakeslee’s experience and knowledge of our organization, fostered over nearly 30 years of dedicated service to NAfME and the music education profession, best position us to advocate for and provide opportunities to the greatest number of students and teachers.

Over the course of the last few days, it has become increasingly clear that there is a need for real, substantive conversation about providing access and opportunity to the millions of students that deserve a chance but are not afforded one. We believe that our organization can play an important role in convening and facilitating a dialogue to prompt action around ways to increase diversity, inclusion, and equity in music and the arts.

While not in the manner we would have preferred, we believe this incident granted an opportunity to address an issue facing too many students and educators. Moving forward, we will be reaching out to a number of organizations, members, and partners to continue the much-needed dialogue regarding diversity, inclusion, and equity in the music and arts. We are committed to upholding our mission, achieving real solutions, and bringing about substantive change that impacts the future of our work and provides access to music for all Americans.