Music Education Policy Roundup – April 22, 2020

NAfME News

Survey Deadline Extended!

Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the deadline to fill out the 2020 survey for Title IV-A usage in your state has been extended until May 1. This information is critical for NAfME and the NAMM Foundation, so please circulate it to your colleagues, and/or complete it if you know where Title IV-A dollars have been spent in your district.


State & National News

More than 2,100 U.S. cities brace for budget shortfalls due to coronavirus, new survey finds, with many planning cuts and layoffs

4/14/2020- ‘Report comes as White House and states continue to battle over how to address economic fallout’

NV- Sisolak asks state agencies to prepare for up to $687 million in budget cuts

4/3/2020- ‘Gov. Steve Sisolak is asking state agencies to identify “potential areas for reductions” in their budgets — with up to $687 million in possible cuts over the next two years — as the state deals with an expected financial crunch created by the coronavirus crisis.’

Choirs making a joyful noise through the pandemic

4/11/2020- ‘The concert will feature performances by seven individual high school choirs. In addition, there will be combined performances featuring mass choirs from middle and high schools and the All-City Elementary Choir.’

Academically Speaking, the ‘COVID Slide’ Could Be a Lot Worse Than You Think

4/9/2020- ‘Education leaders are already bracing for a worse “summer slide” this year for students whose schools were shut down to curb the spread of coronavirus. But new research suggests the so-called coronavirus or “COVID slide” is going to be significantly worse.’

DeVos Offers $3 Billion In Education Emergency Block Grants To Governors

4/14/2020- ‘Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that close to $3 billion is being made available to governors to “ensure education continues for students of all ages impacted by the coronavirus national emergency.”

Milwaukee voters approve $87 million MPS referendum

4/13/2020- ‘Milwaukee voters overwhelmingly approved an $87 million referendum to support their public schools, according to election results Monday.’

NYC school budgets take a hit as de Blasio proposes $827 million in education cuts

4/16/2020- ‘Staring down a projected $7.4 billion gap in tax revenues as the coronavirus ravages New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday proposed a budget with roughly $827 million in cost saving measures to the education department through next fiscal year.’


Research and Analysis

Study: Minority Student Enrollment Hasn’t Kept Pace With Demographic Trends in States That Have Affirmative Action Bans

Enrollment of underrepresented minorities at public universities has not kept pace with demographic trends in states that have banned affirmative action, a new study finds.

Music Education Policy Roundup compiled by NAfME’s Matt Barusch.