Music Education Policy Roundup – March 2, 2020

NAfME News

New NAfME Advocacy Blog: Elimination of Well-Rounded Programs Featured in President’s Budget

2/24/2020- ‘The Trump Administration released its budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. Unfortunately, the budget recommends the elimination of all well-rounded education programs, including Title I-A, Title II-A, and Title IV-A.’

Music In Our Schools Month® Resolutions

Music In Our Schools Month ® begins next week! One of the best ways to raise awareness of music education and begin to garner support amongst elected officials is to introduce a resolution commemorating MIOSM in your state legislature. We urge all federated state associations to explore this option and introduce a MIOSM resolution in your state. Click here for more information on how you can introduce a resolution and to view some samples from states that have passed them.

State News

New Mexico Lawmakers Reach Budget Deal as Tense Session Ends

2/20/2020- ‘New Mexico legislators forged a budget agreement Thursday that increases annual spending on government programs and school districts by more than a half-billion dollars, with new investments in early childhood education and college scholarships in a state afflicted by high rates of childhood poverty.’

AL- Local schools awarded arts education grants

2/24/2020- ‘Two Shelby County schools’ music programs have been selected to receive Alabama Arts Education Initiative Grants.’

Missouri school evaluation standards increase focus on individual school districts

2/25/2020- ‘Missouri’s new school evaluation standards, which will take effect in two years, have an increased focus on individual school districts, student growth, equity and collaboration.’

UT- Senate panel OKs bill to update formula to calculate state special education funding

2/21/2020- ‘The Senate Education Committee endorsed a bill Friday that would update the formula for calculating state special education funding in Utah schools.’

Research and Analysis

Is edTPA standing in the way of getting more teachers into classrooms?

The Pearson-scored test is meant to assess whether prospective educators have the skills to teach, but critics question the time and cost involved, its reliability and Pearson’s “corporate profits.”

Study: Teacher merit pay linked to higher student test scores

Merit pay programs for teachers are associated with a significant increase in student test scores, according to a new review of 37 studies, including 26 conducted in the U.S. But the effects depend of how the program is designed, you can download the programs and reviews in our site