Music Education Policy Roundup – April 19, 2021

NAfME News

ESSER Funding Webinar Next Week

Join NAMM, the NFHS, and NAfME in this interactive webinar to learn about how much stimulus funding your state is getting, hear from those who have successfully used prior stimulus dollars to support students and music programs, and identify the people in your district who can help you make the case and access funds to support and sustain music and arts education. The webinar isTuesday, April 20 at 3:00 PM EDT. Register here.

Sharing Best Practice Ideas with the US Department of Education

Under Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, the U.S. Department of Education is seeking best practices from educators teaching during the pandemic. These practices will be shared in a “Best Practices Clearinghouse” that focuses on ways to engage all students whether virtual, hybrid, or in-person. Think you have a practice to share? NAMM, NAfME, and the NFHS produced this webinar where we walk you through the process of sharing your ideas. Here is a template to make it easy to submit to the Department. We encourage as many great ideas from music educators as possible so that music is highlighted in the Best Practices Clearinghouse.

Virtual Hill Month Celebration – Recording Now Available

This webinar features stories and stats from the advocacy undertaken during March’s Music In Our Schools Month®. Hear from advocates in several states on their strategic approach to meetings with members of Congress. Recording available here.

State and Federal News

Biden Proposes $20B Title I Funding Increase for FY 2022

4/12/21 – “President Joe Biden is proposing a 40.8% year-over-year increase for the U.S. Department of Education’s fiscal year 2022 budget, including a “historic” $20 billion increase in Title I grants for high-poverty schools, according to budget documents released Friday.”

Policy Hackathon: How To Get Schoolkids Back On Track

4/15/21 – “What happens when reading, writing and ‘rithmetic all happen in the same room, on the same Zoom, minus breaks for recess or lunch with friends? A year into the coronavirus pandemic, we’re finding out.”

What’s Next for School Accountability?

4/12/21 – “Little did we know, the final year of ESSA implementation would be intertwined with a wave of unprecedented challenges to the education system. On Monday, February 22, the U.S. Department of Education issued guidance indicating states will be required to administer federally required standardized assessments in 2021, while offering flexibility in state accountability system reporting requirements.”

Biden’s $103B Budget Proposal for The Ed Dept Would Boost Pell, MSI Funding

4/9/21 – “President Joe Biden’s discretionary spending plan unveiled Friday would send nearly $103 billion to the U.S. Department of Education, with a big boost to the maximum federal Pell Grant award and new funding for minority-serving institutions.”

Nearly $200B in K-12 Pandemic Relief Funding Brings Advantages, Challenges

4/14/21 – “A total of nearly $200 billion in federal relief funding for school systems’ pandemic recoveries, provided across three pieces of legislation in the past year, brings enormous opportunities — alongside challenges to spend the money efficiently, appropriately and in ways that avoid a funding cliff in the future, said education experts during a Tuesday webinar hosted by the Southern Regional Education Board and FutureEd.”

California Moving to Pioneer Free Meals For All Students

4/8/21 – “As students gradually return to classrooms, advocates and lawmakers say it’s more important than ever to provide free meals in schools without burdensome eligibility requirements, just as California has done during the pandemic.”

AASA Report Outlines Path to Systemic Change In Public Education By 2025

4/9/21 – “Schools and classrooms across the nation need to implement systemic changes that support personalized and rigorous learning based on equitable practices, a group of education, business, advocacy and philanthropic leaders said in a report published Thursday by AASA, The School Superintendents Association.”

Lamont To Spend COVID Funds on Summer Education Programs

4/12/21 – “Gov. Ned Lamont announced Monday that $10.7 million of Connecticut’s federal pandemic recovery funding will pay for an initiative he’s calling the Learner Engagement and Attendance Program or LEAP, which will be a partnership between the state Department of Education and six regional state Education Service Centers.”

Higher Education Reform Bill Survives First Legislative Deadline of 2021 Session

4/12/21 – “Senate Joint Resolution 7 would remove NSHE’s board of regents from the Nevada Constitution and place it under the control of the Legislature. Proponents of the resolution say it would bring the board of regents in line with other boards around the state, the structures of which are determined by the legislature.”

Remote Learning Underscores Need for Lessons on Copyright, Fair Use

4/14/21 – “Helping students learn the nuances of copyright and fair use can start with teachers explaining how they’ve used material themselves, Karen Lagola, an instructional technology coach working with the Beverly Hills Unified School District in California, writes for Edutopia. This includes showing classes how to find licenses and understanding those rules themselves.”

Research and Analysis

ECS: ArtScan at a Glance

“This easy-to-reference one-pager provides an overview of arts education policies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It is updated annually, and new for 2021 is a metric on arts and STEAM diploma seals.”

Policy Roundup compiled by NAfME’s Rob Edwards.