Music Education Policy Roundup – November 18, 2019

National News

Ed Dept loosens requirements for academic term lengths

11/7/2019 –‘The U.S. Department of Education this week announced changes that will make it easier for programs with terms longer or shorter than a typical semester or quarter to disburse federal aid to students.’


State News

New policy requires fewer tests for some Georgia students

11/7/2019- ‘Georgia students taking certain advanced classes in high school will take fewer state tests under a new state policy.’

TN: Governor Lee Announces $25 Million Vocational Education Investment Through GIVE Grants

11/7/2019- ‘Tennessee Governor Bill Lee on Thursday announced projects receiving funding through the Governor’s Investment in Vocational Education program which prioritizes learning opportunities in rural counties and enhances career and technical education statewide.’

Maryland lawmaker: Bills considered to resolve HBCU case

11/8/2019- ‘If a federal lawsuit isn’t settled by January over program disparities between four historically black colleges and traditionally white colleges, Maryland lawmakers are considering legislation to resolve it themselves, one legislator said Friday.’

Teachers choosing among 13 to join Maryland education board

11/10/2019- ‘Public and private school teachers can now start voting on their choice to represent their interests on the Maryland State Board of Education.’

WV- County school boards wield the most power over the future of charter schools

11/13/2019 – ‘The state Board of Education will consider putting a 47-page policy dealing with public charter schools out for public comment when it meets Thursday in Charleston.’

North Carolina schools chief running for lieutenant governor

11/12/2019- ‘North Carolina’s Republican state schools superintendent announced on Tuesday he’ll run for lieutenant governor instead of his current job, shaking up races for two statewide elections just three weeks before candidate filing begins.’


Research & Analysis

Report: Many rural districts face education ’emergency’

11/7/2019- ‘The ninth edition of “Why Rural Matters” includes measures of college readiness and a focus on the needs of young children.’

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