LAUSD decision ushers in new source of funding for arts education
Los Angeles Unified School District officials have cleared the way for principals to tap into a major source of funding for arts programs targeting low-income students starting this fall.
Although state and federal officials previously said national Title I dollars, allocated to help disadvantaged students improve in academics, could be used for the arts instruction, some district officials had been reluctant to move ahead. The latest decision reverses the district’s long-standing practice and opens the door for Title I-funded arts instruction that helps students improve their academic performance.
“This has been a long time coming and this really is a day of rejoicing, quite frankly, in LAUSD,” said Rory Pullens, the district’s executive director of arts education.