L.A. schools partially restore arts funding cuts

Posted on: June 23, 2010

Tuesday (6/22) on the Los Angeles Times bloc Culture Monster, Howard Blume reports, “Los Angeles Unified School District officials are expected to restore $5 million to elementary arts programs that were cut in half as part of efforts to balance next year’s budget, The Times has learned. The restoration comes amid ongoing pressure from arts groups and powerful local philanthropists to spare the programs, but Supt. Ramon C. Cortines said his decision was unrelated to these entreaties. The programs are not being made entirely whole, he added. They will be reduced by about one-third from current levels. The increase in funding is likely to spare the jobs of some teachers who otherwise would be laid off. Cortines said he made the move because recent financial projections regarding this year’s $640-million deficit proved slightly better than expected. … ‘I felt I had to do something about restoring some of the arts,’ he said. ‘That is what keeps kids in school.’ However, the superintendent warned that the governor’s proposed budget could add a new ‘$85-million hit’ to the district’s budget.”

Posted June 23, 2010