Music Education Policy Roundup – June 15, 2020

NAfME News

NAfME Statement on Black Lives Matter

Racial injustice is real, and ongoing, and increasingly evident as COVID-19 disproportionately affects Black communities, and as we are again seeing videos of Black lives ending. We see it. And we reiterate: Black Lives Matter.

See the full statement here.

State Advocacy Webinar: Success Stories and Best Practices from the States

NAfME’s affiliated state associations have made some amazing accomplishments in advocacy in their states. For this webinar, we’ve invited some of those states to share those accomplishments with us, to take us though their process of action and share what they learned. Click to register and join us and learn advocacy best practices from your colleagues!

State & National News

Illinois green-lights in-person summer school

6/5/2020- ‘The state of Illinois will allow school districts to host in-person summer school, with some restrictions to protect against the spread of coronavirus.’

Colleges factor flexibility for students into fall reopening plans

6/2/2020- ‘Many colleges continue to announce plans to reopen campuses for the fall term, though potentially on a shortened or altered schedule, or with a mix of face-to-face and online classes.’

All states now approved for emergency education funding

6/4/2020- ‘It’s unclear how most states will use the money, but they face increasing pressure to share federal relief funds with private schools.’

University of Alaska regents vote to cut or reduce over 40 programs, set merger aside for closer look

6/7/2020- ‘The University of Alaska Board of Regents voted to cut or reduce more than 40 academic programs Friday, a day after voting to do an in-depth review of a possible merger of the University of Alaska Southeast with the University of Alaska Fairbanks.’

Temperature checks, masks for teachers: California releases stringent school reopening rules

6/5/2020- ‘When California’s more than 6 million K-12 students return in a few months, they will face a starkly different learning environment.’

Teacher beats West Virginia Senate president in GOP primary

6/9/2020- ‘The West Virginia Senate president who was dogged by teacher protests at the statehouse lost to a teacher in his Republican primary reelection bid Tuesday.’

Research and Analysis

The pandemic’s toll: nearly 500,000 public education jobs disappeared across U.S. in April

The country saw 6% of its public education jobs disappear in just a month, according to a new analysis of federal employment data, when the nation’s schools shut their doors to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

Tracking how the coronavirus is impacting school districts

From the shift to distance learning to the impact on school budgets, we’re collecting news, analysis and expert advice on how K-12 is responding to the pandemic.