California Senator Ben Allen Introduces Legislation on
Dance and Theatre Credentials
On January 27, 2016, Senator Ben Allen held a press conference in Sacramento to announce the introduction of SB 916, the Theatre and Dance Act (TADA!). This legislation would establish long-awaited dance and theatre credentials in California. California is one of only two states in the country without dance or theatre credentials. The bill, if passed, would direct the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to begin a process to convene experts in those fields to draw up a new credentialing process and to get feedback from teacher education programs and school districts. The bill would allow current dance and theatre teachers to continue teaching those subjects. Read more.
Read the full text and follow the status of the bill here
Watch the full press conference below
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson’s Arts Education Task Force Submits Recommendations to Restore the Arts to California Classrooms
January 29, 2015, SACRAMENTO—An arts education task force formed by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is calling for arts education to be elevated to a core subject and be available to all students so it can retain its vital role in developing creative expression and critical thinking skills in preparation for 21st century careers.
The 30-page summary report, A Blueprint for Creative Schools, was compiled by Torlakson’s 100-member Blueprint for Creative Schools Task Force that he formed in 2012. This is a streamlined version of the full 118-page report, meant to highlight the Task Force’s important work.