Music Education Policy Roundup – August 26, 2019

National News

EdNext Poll: Democrats Divided Over School Choice

8/19/19- ‘Survey coauthored by Professor Martin West indicates divide over school choice while Trump administration gains traction on vouchers, tax-credit scholarships.’

America divided: Public support for charter schools is growing — but so is opposition, new poll finds

8/20/19- ‘Public opinion on charter schools has grown polarized as the number of people who either support or oppose the schools has increased, according to a new poll released Tuesday by the journal Education Next.’

State News

SCAC announces $4.4 million in FY20 grants to provide arts access across the state

8/7/19- ‘South Carolina communities will benefit from $4.4 million in fiscal year 2020 grants to their artists, arts organizations, and schools announced today by the South Carolina Arts Commission.’

MD- Hogan says he won’t support big tax hikes for education plan

8/17/19- ‘Gov. Larry Hogan said Saturday he won’t support big tax increases to pay for a major education funding plan.’

WV- Charter school advocates “perturbed”

8/17/19- ‘Don’t expect charter schools in the near future in West Virginia. In an interview this past week, an advocate at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools said that West Virginia’s law is too restrictive to encourage charter school development in the state.’

A Big Charter School Struggle Has Been Galvanized by a Democratic Governor

9/18/19- ‘A battle over school choice in Pennsylvania is intensifying, in large part due to a governor who doesn’t like his state’s status quo.’

Hoffman announces new efforts for improving Arizona’s schools

8/15/19- ‘Arizona’s public schools chief announced Thursday that she is launching new efforts for improving the state’s education system.’

Vermont and New Hampshire officials ponder 1 school district

8/19/19- ‘Education officials are considering the creation of an interstate school district that would serve high school-aged students in a section of northeastern Vermont and northern New Hampshire.’

Standard-setting meetings scheduled for Kentucky’s 5-star accountability system for schools

8/19/19- ‘A group of education stakeholders and policymakers will gather in Frankfort Aug. 23 to start a standard-setting process that will help determine Kentucky’s new 5-star accountability system. The meeting will be 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET at the Hudson Hollow Office Building, 2 Hudson Hollow Road, Suite B, Training Room.’

Clark County teachers union sets date for possible strike in Las Vegas

8/20/19- ‘The Clark County Education Association announced Tuesday that a strike would take place Sept. 10 if they can’t reach an agreement with the Clark County School District on a new contract.’

Research and Analysis

50-State Comparison: Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems

Education Commission of the States researched Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems policies in all states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to provide this comprehensive resource.

Policy Roundup prepared by NAfME’s Matt Barusch