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Release: #23-43
May 23, 2023
Contact: Communications
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces Implementation of Proposition 28: Arts and Music in Schools

LOS ANGELES—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond joined fellow proponents of Proposition 28, passed by voters in 2022, to launch the Promise of Proposition 28 in Los Angeles on May 22, 2023. Proposition 28 provides nearly $1 billion annually in funding for arts and music throughout California schools so students in all grades can participate in arts and music programs. Superintendent Thurmond joined initiative proponents including former Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner, artists Aloe Blacc and, the California Teachers Association, and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 99 as well as philanthropists, school administrators, current arts and music educators, education union representatives, and aspiring arts educators at the Music Center in L.A. to discuss how the $933 million in funding will be rolled out this fall for the 2023–24 school year.

“California voters overwhelmingly voted to support this nation-leading investment—the largest investment in arts and music education in the country,” Superintendent Thurmond, an early proponent of Proposition 28, said. “The arts are a necessary part of a well-rounded education. We know the arts help kids connect with school and have a positive impact on student attendance and school climate. With these funds, we are providing every student with a creative outlet.”

The California Department of Education (CDE) is hard at work to make sure these dollars—all $933 million—get out to California schools. The CDE provided several technical amendments that were included in the State Budget May Revision that will help with the allocations.

To learn more, visit the Arts and Music in Schools YouTube channel External link opens in new window or tab. or read more about school gigs External link opens in new window or tab.. Those interested in getting updates can join the CDE’s electronic mailing list by sending a blank email to or search the CDE website for “Proposition 28 Arts and Music” once the Trailer Bill has passed.

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Tony Thurmond — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

Last Reviewed: Tuesday, May 23, 2023
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