Proposition 28 asks voters to approve $1 billion for arts and music in California schools

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A measure on the November ballot could boost school funding for music and arts education by about $1 billion — a move that proponents say will create more equitable classrooms and lead to a more diverse workforce in California’s pivotal entertainment industry.

If approved by voters, Proposition 28 would secure guaranteed annual funding for California’s K-12 schools to be used toward courses such as music, dance, theater, photography and graphic design.

The proposal would not raise taxes, but would require the state to set aside an amount for arts education that equals 1% of the total funding provided to schools each year.

Schools are required to offer art courses, but resources for those programs are often the first to go during tough financial times, said former L.A. Unified Supt. Austin Beutner, who is leading the proposal.

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