Music Education Policy Roundup – November 24, 2019

National News

House passes short-term spending bill to avert Friday shutdown

11/19/2019- ‘The House passed a short-term spending bill Tuesday that would avert a government shutdown Friday…’


State News

‘We will fight’: Thousands of Red for Ed teachers rallied inside and outside Statehouse

11/19/2019- ‘Frustrated by years of stagnant wages and diminishing ranks, thousands of teachers flooded downtown Indianapolis Tuesday for a day of action that closed more than half of the state’s public school districts.’

State to take over Houston ISD by replacing school board and superintendent

11/6/2019- ‘Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath informed Houston ISD of those plans in a letter Wednesday. He also sent letters saying the state would take over Shepherd and Snyder ISDs.’

HISD teachers union files motion to join takeover lawsuit as TEA seeks to dismiss it

11/19/2019- ‘Houston Independent School District’s largest teachers union and three educators filed a motion Tuesday to join a lawsuit brought by HISD’s school board, uniting with trustees who are fighting in court to stop the Texas Education Agency from stripping power from the district’s elected representatives.’

Wyoming governor’s budget would avoid cuts but use reserves

11/18/2019- ‘A two-year state budget proposed Monday by Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon would avoid further agency spending cuts for now but dip into a reserve fund to make ends meet amid declining revenue.’

Why 15,000 Indiana Teachers Just Walked Off the Job

11/19/2019- ‘After making waves in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, Kentucky, North Carolina and beyond, the Red for Ed movement has now spread to Indiana.’

Maryland panel OKs education funding plan; goes to lawmakers

11/21/2019- ‘A Maryland commission on education approved a plan on Thursday to update the state’s funding formula to increase teacher pay and implement a wide-ranging proposal to improve schools with billions of dollars in added spending over the next decade.’


Research and Analysis

U.S. Releases Earnings Data for Thousands of College Programs

The U.S. Department of Education released first-year earnings data for thousands of college programs. Some see a way to judge programs’ value — while others question the data’s value.

Policy Roundup compiled by NAfME’s Matt Barusch.