AB 385, bill to provide elementary arts education data, passes Assembly Education Committee

Friday, April 7, 2017

AB 385 by Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D-San Jose) passed out of the Assembly Committee on Education with unanimous support earlier this week, paving the way for the collection of elementary arts education data in the state of California for the first time.


“I understand the important role that arts education can play in a child’s development and the benefits it provides to our economy and culture. As Chairman of Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet media, I strongly support efforts that will advance access to arts education throughout the state,” said Assemblymember Chu.


The legislation responds to a gap in data that has surfaced since the unveiling of the California Arts Education Data Project, created in partnership between the California Department of Education and CREATE California, a coalition of arts advocates. Currently, only data from grades 6-12 is being collected, leaving arts education for elementary school students unaccounted for. AB 385 now moves to the Assembly Appropriations Committee, where it will be heard in the coming weeks.