State pumps $500mil into PE and drama

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell today announced that California schools will receive $500 million in Arts, Music, and Physical Education grants for professional development, equipment, and supplies to improve instruction in physical education and the visual and performing arts.

&#8220High-quality arts education and improved physical fitness can support academic achievement in all areas of a student's education,” O'Connell said.

&#8220These grants will help provide our schools with resources to implement standards-based instruction in physical education and visual and performing arts. With these funds, teachers can expand their content knowledge and teaching skills in physical education and visual and performing arts through professional development, and students can benefit from enhanced equipment and supplies that increase the quality of learning experiences.”

The Arts, Music, and Physical Education grants, approved in the 2006-07 California State Budget, will provide each school district, charter school, and county office of education an entitlement of $83.04 per student in grades K-12.

The figures are based on average daily attendance data from 2005-06. Each district will be required to expend not less than $2,500 per school site.

There is no deadline on the expenditure of these funds and, therefore, funds may be carried over to a future fiscal year.

Districts may bring together teachers, school site administrators, district-level administrators, parents, and students to collaborate on assessing needs and developing a local plan that will support high-quality instruction in both physical education and visual and performing arts.

This is the first time all schools will receive monies specially designated for physical education and the visual and performing arts. Local district's include:

Exeter Union Elementary, $119,349; Exeter Union High, $66,73; Farmersville Unified, $142,721; Lindsay Unified, $228, 242; Sequoia Union, $20,891; Strathmore Union Elementary, $45,593; Sunnyside Union Elementary, $25,244; Three Rivers Union Elementary, $11,417; Woodlake Union Elementary, $96,762; Woodlake Union High, $45,794.

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