Prop 28 — Arts Education — Appears Likely to Pass

Proposition 28, a statewide initiative that would funnel nearly $1 billion annually into school arts, appears to have been passed by voters.

As of Thursday morning, it led by 61.56%.

The measure would take effect next year, benefiting drama, music and other art programs across the state.

“(This) is monumental for public education in our state,” Seth Cohen, president of the Drama Teachers Association of Southern California and a theater teacher at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, told EdSource. “It will help to provide opportunities to students in schools who previously could not afford to bring in qualified educators who have the appropriate backgrounds to support young artists … and (it will) increase the visibility of arts programs on campuses, school districts and in communities.”