Music Education Policy Roundup – September 28, 2019

NAfME News


The GRAMMY Museum is now accepting Letters of Inquiry for their 2020 grant cycle. With funding generously provided by the Recording Academy®, the GRAMMY Museum Grant Program awards grants each year to organizations and individuals for audio preservation projects, as well as scientific research efforts. The program’s aim is to advance the archiving of the recorded sound heritage of the Americas and to explore the impact of music on the human condition.

Grant funds have been utilized to preserve private collections as well as materials at the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian and numerous colleges and universities. Research projects have studied the links between music and early childhood education, treatments for illnesses and injuries common to musicians, and the impact of music therapy and how they use legal resources such as Munley Law to cover all the legal bases of any injury. To date, more than $7 million in grants have been awarded to over 400 recipients.


A letter of inquiry is required before submission of a full application. To read the guidelines and to submit a letter of inquiry for the 2020 GRAMMY Museum grant cycle, please visit The deadline every year for submitting letters of inquiry is Oct. 15.

National News

Alexander Makes Play for Narrow Higher Ed Deal

9/20/19- ‘Tennessee Republican ties funding for minority-serving institutions to larger package of higher ed bills. But few observers expect deal to come together.’

State News

NJ- Education commissioner’s back-to-school checklist

9/18/19- ‘New Jersey Education commissioner Lamont Repollet sat down with NJ Spotlight’s John Mooney this week to talk about the new school year and his priorities going forward.’

Indiana Agencies Get Data Grant To Align Workforce, Education

9/16/19- ‘The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant to encourage data sharing between Indiana education and workforce organizations. It aims to strengthen the partnership between the Lumina Foundation and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.’

Bill seeks to get personal finance into Pennsylvania schools

9/23/19- ‘Legislation is on the move in Pennsylvania to require public schools to allow students to apply personal finance class credits toward high school graduation requirements.’

NM- Test scores, teacher attendance dropped from evaluations

9/23/19- ‘New Mexico education officials say test scores and teacher attendance will no longer be included in the state’s teacher evaluation system.’

In their hands: Wisconsin educators seek solutions to statewide teacher shortage

9/24/19- ‘While the University of Wisconsin’s educational programs appear composed and effective, Wisconsin’s seemingly thriving educational heart does not circulate throughout the rest of the state.’

Research & Analysis

What’s the Best State for Teachers? This Year’s Answer Might Surprise You

9/23/19- ‘Seeking a stable teacher salary and a healthy work environment? A new analysis suggests heading north.’

New Data Tool Rates ‘Educational Opportunity’ Offered in Nation’s Schools, Districts

9/23/19- ‘An interactive data tool from the Educational Opportunity Project at Stanford University creates the first database that attempts to measure the performance of every elementary and middle school in the country. ‘

A New Portrait of Rural America

A common narrative portrays “Rural America” as one big place with one set of similar people and facing similar challenges. Yet, in reality, rural America’s geographic, demographic, and socioeconomic landscapes are remarkably diverse. The American Communities Project uses its unique community typologies as well as data and on-the-ground reporting to explore these differences and blow up the mythology of rural America.

Policy Roundup created by Matt Barusch of NAfME.