California legislature to provide $3m for Armenian museum, $10m for curriculum

09:33 • 14.06.17



California Senator Anthony Portantino announced that the Armenian Genocide Education curriculum implementation and the Armenian-American Museum funding have been included in the final version of the State budget.


The California Legislature will be voting to pass the 2017-2018 budget on Thursday, June 15, Asbarez reports.


The $3 million-dollar funding commitment for the Glendale-based museum brings the state investment to this important human rights project to $4 million dollars. Earlier in the year, Portantino helped restore the initial $1 million from last year’s budget. Portantino asked the State Senate to prioritize increasing the State’s commitment to the museum to an additional $3 million over the next three years.


Portantino, with the support of Senate Pro Tem Kevin de León and Budget Subcommittee Chair Richard Roth, arranged a presentation from Armenian Museum Executive Board Member Zaven Kazazian before the budget subcommittee. Portantino joined Kazazian in making the presentation before the subcommittee.


“I am extremely happy that as a member of the budget committee, I was able to bring these two important proposals to light this year. It was such a pleasure to invite Zaven Kazazian from the Armenian Museum Board to Sacramento to present this significant human rights project to the attention of the Senate and then into the State Budget,” commented Portantino.


The subcommittee and the Senate subsequently included the funding in the Senate version of the budget. Since the request was not included in the Assembly budget, it had to be sent to the budget Conference Committee for resolution. The Conference Committee adopted the Senate proposal, paving the way for the museum funding to be included in the fiscal 2017 – 2018 budget.


“I am very pleased that the State Senate included the request for funding of our important museum proposal. It was an honor to present at the Senate subcommittee and I’m very excited that the full budget includes the Senate request,” concluded Zaven Kazazian, Armenian American Museum Executive Board Member.


As Chair of Budget Subcommittee on Education, Portantino also put in the request for the funding of the genocide curriculum update implementation. Again, this proposal was included in the Senate priority list. After long negotiations, $10 million dollars was included in the 2017-2018 budget to fund the History-Social Science curriculum framework, which includes teacher training for the Armenian Genocide and other important historical updates.


Over the past several years, the legislature has passed bills to update California curriculum on various issues included the Armenian Genocide. Assembly Member Adrin Nazarian authored the legislation to include teaching Armenian Genocide history. Portantino’s budget request funds the development and implementation of this important curriculum update.


Sen. Portantino represents nearly 930,000 people in the 25th Senate District, which includes Altadena, Atwater Village, Bradbury, Burbank, Claremont, Duarte, Glendale, Glendora, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, La Verne, Lake View Terrace, Los Feliz, Monrovia, Montrose, Pasadena, San Dimas, San Marino, Shadow Hills, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, Sunland-Tujunga, and Upland.





LATEST NEWSAll Today news

15:19 • 16/12

Ankara persistently links Turkey-Armenia process to Nagorno-Karabakh – Foreign Ministry

14:39 • 16/12

Luxury 200ft super yacht with its own helipad is modelled on a 17th century pirate ship (photos)

14:24 • 16/12

US to return stolen relics to Lebanon

14:14 • 16/12

Armenian biker wins silver in intn'l tournament

13:53 • 16/12

Canada billionaire and wife found dead in New York home

13:41 • 16/12

Armenian endorsed for US Congress

13:21 • 16/12

Nagorno-Karabakh reports 200 Azerbaijani ceasefire violations

13:12 • 16/12

US citizens and illegal aliens charged in marriage fraud ring

12:51 • 16/12

Zhoghovurd: Armenia to ban right-handed cars

11:44 • 16/12

Israel needs more time and effort to recognize Genocide – former member of Knesset

10:13 • 16/12

Bitcoin tops US$18,000 in debut on major bourse

09:51 • 16/12

Sky News faces uncertain future after Disney-Fox deal

09:33 • 16/12

US ready for military solution to N Korea conflict

18:38 • 15/12

Three twins born in Yerevan medical center

17:22 • 15/12

Armenian stone to be used for building Google HQ in London

17:12 • 15/12

EU leaders agree to move talks to next stage

17:06 • 15/12

Sumatran rhino 'hanging on by thread'

16:50 • 15/12

Free economic zone opens in Armenia's Syunik

16:04 • 15/12

'Organic Agricultural Development' program names 2017-2018 winners

15:51 • 15/12

Cribby: Armenian software developers unveil smart cradle (photos)

14:21 • 15/12

Trump's Jerusalem move may pave way to Genocide recognition – diplomat

13:54 • 15/12

French bus cut in two in deadly rail crash

13:44 • 15/12

Visiting cultural sites important for preserving Armenian heritage in Turkey – expert

12:35 • 15/12

Armenia's NATO envoy submits credentials to Stoltenberg

12:12 • 15/12

Armenian president rules out EEU exit plan

11:45 • 15/12

Berlin should resolve problems with Ankara – says Merkel aide  

11:18 • 15/12

Zhamanak: Russian border guards close frontier posts on Armenia-Turkey border

11:07 • 15/12

First Wildlife Rescue Center opens in Armenia

10:51 • 15/12

Ardshinbank signs $25m trade finance facility agreement with Citi and ADB  

10:36 • 15/12

EU-Armenia agreement marks victory of sound logic – Serzh Sargsyan

09:13 • 15/12

Dubai opens $10 million camel hospital

18:02 • 14/12

Football news: Man Utd's Bailly may need anke surgery

17:44 • 14/12

Nalbandian hosts European Friends of Armenia mission chief

17:27 • 14/12

Walt Disney buys Murdoch's Fox for $52.4bn  

17:09 • 14/12

British man has fingers and thumb replaced with his toes after horrific accident with industrial food blender

17:00 • 14/12

Reconciliation with Turkey was mistake, says Israeli politician

16:17 • 14/12

Armenia continues cooperation with Greek, Cypriot Diasporas

15:18 • 14/12

Putin: Trump’s Russia scandal harms US

14:46 • 14/12

Baby girl survives with heart outside her body at birth in UK  

14:36 • 14/12

Surgeon carves initials on the livers of two transplant patients in first assault case

14:18 • 14/12

Turkey-Armenia protocols ‘dead’ in essence – expert

13:30 • 14/12

Armenian opposition bloc names presidential candidate

13:04 • 14/12

Man jumps off huge waterfall in the Grand Canyon to honour deceased friend

12:54 • 14/12

Dwayne Johnson receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

12:40 • 14/12

‘Ambitious anti-corruption strategy’ requires new monitoring methods – premier

12:22 • 14/12

Netenyahu ‘not impressed’ by Muslim leaders’ statement on recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

12:09 • 14/12

Record high 262 journalists imprisoned in 2017 - CPJ

11:52 • 14/12

US citizen wanted in Armenia over terror plot - National Security Service

10:56 • 14/12

Aznavour: I hope to be on stage until I am 100

10:14 • 14/12

Glendale City Council approves framework featuring Armenian American Museum

09:54 • 14/12

US Federal Reserve raises interest rates

09:35 • 14/12

Plane crashes in Canada; all passengers ‘accounted for’

09:14 • 14/12

Rohingya crisis: Thousands reported killed in months 

18:57 • 13/12

2017 marked serious progress in Armenia-NATO relations – debate

18:04 • 13/12

Amal and George Clooney 'hand out personalised headphones and notes' to fellow plane passengers on flight with twins

17:34 • 13/12

FBI agent removed from Russia investigation calls Trump an 'idiot'

17:08 • 13/12

Opposition MP says political team 'considers alternative candidate' for prime minister

16:19 • 13/12

European Central Bank could use Steinhoff mess to improve QE

16:01 • 13/12

Princes William and Harry inspect  Star Wars troops in London premiere

15:46 • 13/12

Palestinians will not accept any US role in peace process 'from now on', says Mahmoud Abbas

15:29 • 13/12

Erdogan calls on Jerusalem to be recognized as Palestinian capital 

15:15 • 13/12

No challenges to NATO-Armenia relations - liason officer

14:20 • 13/12

Australian Greens recognize Nagorno-Karabakh Republic

13:14 • 13/12

US ready for North Korea talks, says Tillerson

13:07 • 13/12

6.2 quake hits south-eastern Iran

12:52 • 13/12

Armenian parliament passes anti-domestic violence law

12:34 • 13/12

Fossil hunters find bones of human-sized penguin on New Zealand beach

12:22 • 13/12

Nalbandian: Azerbaijan's disrespect for peace over Karabakh questions their credibility in negotiations  

11:57 • 13/12

Disney set to seal $60bn 21st Century Fox takeover

11:44 • 13/12

Armenia free to develop balanced dialogue with EU and Russia –  European expert

09:35 • 13/12

US Democrat wins seat in Alabama in blow to Trump

09:12 • 13/12

Hamas announces beginning of third 'Intifada' against US decision on Jerusalem

18:06 • 12/12

Armenian biker to join international race in Portugal

17:51 • 12/12

Terrifying footage shows newlywed bride attacked by shark during Caribbean honeymoon swim

17:40 • 12/12

France proposes ban for mobile phones in schools from September

17:16 • 12/12

European court orders Azerbaijan to pay €35,000 in compensation to displaced Armenian family  

16:31 • 12/12

Musician who lost arm can play piano again with 'insanely cool prosthetic' (video)

16:06 • 12/12

Armenia can build EEU’s bridge with Europe in case of securing safe hub for businesses – French Ambassador  

15:12 • 12/12

Canadian lawmaker speaks of April war in Artsakh in parliament address (video)

14:33 • 12/12

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Lauren Hashian can't hide delight as she debuts blossoming baby bump at Jumanji 2 premiere in LA... hours after revealing pregnancy news

14:24 • 12/12

Private arrested over reported fatality in Nagorno-Karabakh army

13:56 • 12/12

Donald Trump wants to send man back to Moon, on to Mars

13:47 • 12/12

'Violent explosion' at Austrian gas plant leaves 'one dead and dozens injured' (photos, video)

13:37 • 12/12

Nagorno-Karabakh conflict ‘far from frozen’ - French ambassador

13:12 • 12/12

Bomber strikes near times square, disrupts New York City, killing none

13:05 • 12/12

Erdogan, Putin warn of further tension over Trump’s Jerusalem move

13:02 • 12/12

'Ucomisation': Ucom launches new revolutionary offer

12:45 • 12/12

Armenian Genocide bill stops short of reaching Georgian local government

11:53 • 12/12

Nagorno-Karabakh conscript fatally wounded by fellow serviceman  

11:40 • 12/12

168 Zham: EU-Armenia agreement reflects smart policy choice – Lithuanian analyst

11:00 • 12/12

Turkey seeks to provoke tensions with neighbors instead of normalizing ties– expert  

09:30 • 12/12

Nalbandian to conduct official visit to Greece

09:13 • 12/12

Ukrainian court releases Saakashvili from detention

18:01 • 11/12

Hidden keylogger found on HP laptops

17:51 • 11/12

Golden Globe announces complete list of 75th nominations  

17:22 • 11/12

Armenian parliament speaker hosts chief of UNDP country mission

16:38 • 11/12

Ucom to keep on supporting Armath engineering lab in Armenian border village

16:28 • 11/12

Nalbandian hosts delegation from Armenian Assembly of America

16:22 • 11/12

Uruguay hosts world’s biggest barbecue

15:56 • 11/12

Former batsman banned after spot-fixing investigation