Halftime Magazine recently received this correspondence from the Los Angeles Unified School District Beyond the Bell program, calling for help to allow students to take marching band for physical education credit through your support of California Legislature Assembly Bill 351. Here’s how you can help.
We need your help in spreading the word about Assembly Bill 351. This bill gives students the right to still take marching band, ROTC, Drill Team and Cheerleading in the fall semester and receive P.E. Credit towards graduation. The students would still have to pass the PE Fitness gram and the teachers of these classes will have to work with the PE departments that the students are receiving PE standards. This is a win / win situation for our students who are already being torn between preparing for college as well as participating in the programs which brings them to school. It will be a stretch on everyone involved, but it canbe done.
What you can do:
1) Contact Supt. Ray Cortines at (213) 241-7000 and let him know that it is important to allow the students to have the choice of being in these programs. Have your students do it as well as their parents.
2) Go to www.ab351.org and follow the links to support this initiative.
The more people we have involved with this movement, the more our students will have a choice and a chance to finish school.
Anthony L. White
Coordinator, Visual and Performing Arts
Los Angeles Unified School District
Beyond the Bell Branch
333 South Beaudry, 29th Floor
Los Angeles, Ca 90017
213/ 241-7900 Office