Music Education Policy Roundup – November 6, 2020

State & National News

Oregon Dept. of Education releases updated school metrics for return to in-person learning

10/30/2020- ‘The Oregon Department of Education released updated metrics Friday for when schools can return to in-person learning.’

NJ- With nod to improving affordability, Murphy tabs Bridges as next secretary of higher education

10/30/2020- ‘Gov. Phil Murphy has been talking about making New Jersey stronger and fairer — and more equitable — since he took office. On Friday, when he announced Brian Bridges as his nomination to be the state’s next secretary of higher education, he spoke of a word that ties all of the above together: affordable.’

NY- Cuomo gives green light for schools in COVID hot zones to reopen with stricter testing

11/2/2020- ‘Nearly two dozen shuttered New York City district schools in coronavirus hot spots will be allowed to reopen with stricter testing guidelines, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday, about three weeks after closing the buildings.’

CO- Gov. Polis’ budget would restore K-12, higher education after coronavirus slashes

11/2/2020- ‘Gov. Jared Polis wants to restore K-12 and higher education budgets next year to pre-pandemic levels, after the recession slashed tax revenue and forced the state to make deep cuts this year.’

Tennessee charter schools to receive $5 million in support grants

11/4/2020- ‘Governor Bill Lee and the Tennessee Department of Education announced $5 million in grants to be distributed across the state.’

Research & Analysis

4 ways leaders are keeping teachers motivated through pandemic disruption

From the pressure put on first responders to the demands placed on essential workers, COVID-19 upended professional norms across all industries — especially education.

Dallas sees strides in social and emotional learning study

Early findings from six-year initiative show promise in work between elementary schools and out-of-school time programs.

Policy Roundup compiled by NAfME’s Matt Barusch.