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The LAUSD Elementary Arts Program is scheduled for a 100 percent cut for 2012-2013. Under current budgeting, The Arts Branch administrative staff is budgeted to be reduced to one position. 10 years of growth are set to be lost, and the District may never recover. This is the time to fight before we lose what is left of what is considered one of the best elementary arts programs in the nation!

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Save the Arts, an organization dedicated to preserving arts education in LAUSD, will hold a fundraiser event and art auction for the Arts Education Branch at the Cocoanut Grove Auditorium Theatre on Saturday, June 2, 2012. All donations through Save the Arts will be used to save arts teacher positions or fund arts materials in LAUSD schools. We'd love your donations!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Put the Tax Extensions on the June Ballot! Call your legislator today and tell them to let the people vote!

Those who care about arts education, education in general, and the long term economic viability of our State - need to call their state legislators and urge them to put the tax extensions on the ballot in June -- let the people vote!!! As you no doubt are aware, Governor Jerry Brown inherited a $25 billion-plus deficit from Governor Schwarznegger.  Brown has proposed a budget that splits the difference to close the deficit -- one half budget cuts, and one half new revenues in the form of extending temporary tax increases passed two years ago.
But a group of Republican legislators are refusing to put the tax extensions on the ballot in June, calling instead for only cutting government services and programs -- even though cutting  $25 billion would represent more than a quarter of the state’s budget!
This would be devastating to K-12 education, as reflected by the district’s current move to increase class sizes and layoff over 5,000 teachers and health and human services personnel.
Please inform your school site parents and community leaders of the importance of contacting the state legislators, and make sure you and your colleagues contact these legislators as well.  Tell them to let the people vote on whether or not to extend the taxes.
It is impossible to overstate the importance of concerted phone calling – not from the union and its members – but from teachers, health and human services personnel, and parents.  These calls WILL make a difference!!!

Persuade these local Republican legislators to put the tax extension on the June ballot. We need the support of two Assemblymen and two State Senators. Below are also links to legislators' contact information including direct email forms.

Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, Assembly District 38 (Santa Clarita)
District 38 also covers North Los Angeles County, including parts of LAUSD  
Phone:  916-319-2038 Fax: 661-286-1408 
Write a letter to Assemblyman Smyth through Artsfor LA's action center for North LA County residents 

Senator Tom Harman, 35th Senate District (Huntington Beach)
Phone: (916) 651-4035 
Fax: (916) 445-9263

Senator Bob Dutton, 31st Senate District (Rancho Cucamonga)
Phone: (916) 651-4031 Fax: (916) 327-2272

Assemblyman Mike Morrell, Assembly District 63 (Ranch Cucamonga) 
Phone: (916) 319-2063 Fax: (909) 466-9892

Senator Bob Huff, 29th Senate District (Diamond Bar)
Phone: (916) 651-4029
 Fax: (916) 324-0922

Please let these legislators know how cuts will be impacting your community, and remind them that their decisions impact all California residents!

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