Music Education Policy Roundup – July 13, 2020

NAfME News

2020 State Certification Survey Update

In partnership with Brittany May, PhD and Brigham Young University, NAfME has updated the 2020 State Certification Survey. Click here to read about the changes in the last two years.

State & National News

‘Notable’ June job gains don’t include public education employment

7/6/2020- ‘A monthly employment report released by the U.S. Department of Labor shows “notable job gains” for the education sector in June, but the numbers indicate public education employment changed little throughout the month.’

PA- New law aims to help state colleges survive as enrollment drops

7/3/2020- ‘The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education reacted enthusiastically Wednesday to reforms signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf, calling it the  “most profound legislative change” since the 14-university system was created more than three decades ago.’

Massachusetts schools reopening: Are temperature checks required? What if a student tests positive for coronavirus?

7/1/2020- ‘Massachusetts education officials issued guidance Thursday outlining protocols for students returning to the classroom this fall.’

Colleges Plan to Reopen Campuses, but for Just Some Students at a Time

7/6/2020- ‘To provide some semblance of the campus experience during a pandemic, colleges say large chunks of the student body will have to stay away and study remotely for all or part of the year.’

California Approves Budget and Holds Schools Accountable

7/6/2020- ‘The state’s approved budget protects teachers from layoffs for now. But the state also approved a law that hopes to ensure high educational standards as many school districts consider remote learning for the fall.’

Research and Analysis

Recruiting and Retaining Teachers of Color: Why It Matters, Ways to Do It

Education Week explored efforts school districts are using to increase racial diversity in the teaching workforce, which experts say benefit school communities as a whole.

Relationships Matter for Student Outcomes, Statistically Speaking

This EDNoteguest post comes from Angela Jerabek, executive director of BARR (Building Assets, Reducing Risks).

50-State Comparison: Teacher License Reciprocity

Teacher license reciprocity allows educators who hold a teaching license in one state to earn a license in another state, subject to meeting state-specific requirements. Reciprocity agreements allow states to work through variations in licensing systems to coordinate license transfers and fill vacant teaching positions with qualified candidates. Most states have policies in place to extend reciprocity for certain teachers, but few states provide full reciprocity for all fully licensed teachers from other states.

Policy Roundup compiled by NAfME’s Matt Barusch.