PROP 28 OVERVIEW
On November 8 2022, California voters overwhelmingly approved Prop 28: The Arts and Music in Schools Funding Guarantee and Accountability Act. Prop 28 establishes an annual funding stream for music and arts education in state-funded PK–12 public and charter schools by requiring the state to set aside an amount that equals 1% of the total funding already provided to schools each year.
QUICK INFORMATION ABOUT PROP 28 FUNDS
Funding is estimated between $800 million and $1 billion a year, with the first allocation going out in the 2023 - 24 school fiscal year to local educational agencies (LEAs). The distribution will be based on preschool and K–12 enrollment. Schools have three years to spend their yearly allocated funds.
Prop 28 funding must expand (i.e., supplement) arts education programs and not replace (i.e., supplant) existing funding for arts education programs.
At least 80 percent of the funds must be used to employ certificated or classified school employees to provide arts education. No more than 1 percent may be used for administration purposes. The remaining percentage can be used for a variety of arts education support including arts educational partnership programs. The California Department of education may provide waivers to 80 percent requirement “for good cause shown”.
School Districts will allocate funds to eligible school sites in the amounts the California Department of Education calculates. Look up school Prop 28 funding estimates here.
Individual school sites can determine which arts education programs they will offer with the new funding. School administrators along with teachers, families, and students should decide what arts education programs best serve local students. Schools can pool their resources in order to share teachers and teacher aides as well as community arts partners, and school districts can help facilitate this sharing among schools.
Each school must submit an annual board-approved report detailing Prop 28 expenses, including the types of arts education programs offered, the number of staff, the number of pupils served, and the number of school sites providing arts education programs.
Stay Up to Date Around Prop 28
Subscribe to the California Department of Education's Proposition 28 listserv by sending a blank message to firstname.lastname@example.org. The purpose of the listserv is to provide LEAs and other interested parties important information, such as notifications regarding the release of additional program information related to the Prop 28 Arts and Music in Schools program.
Prop 28 Resources