CURRENT ACTION ALERTS:
July 17, 2015 Update: A Look Back on Action To-Date on ESEA 2015
July 16, 2015 Update: Senate Passes Every Child Achieves Act, with Music and Arts as Core Subjects Intact
July 16, 2015 Policy Update: Education Bill Passes Senate and Heads to Conference
July 15, 2015 Late Day Update: Senate Votes on 25 Amendments, Confirms Upcoming Final Vote on Education Bill
July 15, 2015 Midday Update: ESEA Day 6, Cloture Invoked!
July 14, 2015 Update: ESEA Amendment and Timeline Debates Intensify on Day 5
July 13, 2015 Update: Federal Education K-12 Bill Day 4, More Debate, Amendments
July 9, 2015 Update: Senate ESEA Update: 20 Amendments Down, Eight Amendments to Go
July 8, 2015 Update: House Passes ESEA Reauthorization Bill; Senate Continues Debate
- Thanks to your efforts (10,000+ letters and phone calls and counting!), the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is moving further through the process to becoming law with music recognized in draft federal legislation. (Read an analysis of the draft Senate bill.)
- Sign the broader minded petition to urge Congress to support music education in the 2015 ESEA reauthorization.
- Learn the “beyond the bubbles” arguments in favor of music education.
- Top 10 Reasons Music Education Advocates Should Join NAfME
Grassroots Advocacy Resources
- Connecting With Legislators
- Key Federal Education Members
- Public Relations 101
- Quick review of How a Bill Becomes a Law
- Concert Program Advocacy Inserts for Teachers:
- Broader MindedTM color and black/white
- Spanish Language inserts in color and black/white
- Music In Our Schools Month® version also available
In school districts nationwide, music education programs are being reduced or eliminated altogether.
At the same time, we know that music education programs in schools offer a multitude of invaluable benefits for students ranging from collaboration and communication skills, creativity, self-expression, and leadership to improved academic outcomes.
Teaching music in classrooms is essential if we want to truly offer a world-class education to our students.
NAfME advocates at the national, state, and local levels to educate elected officials and other decision makers about the impact and importance of music education programs.
By working together, we are changing the national conversation about music’s role in delivering an outstanding education to all students.
We need your help to ensure access to music education for all students.
- Visit your advocacy learning community
- Get resources to help you advocate for music
- Read NAfME’s Position Statements
- Contact your State MEA team
- Contact your NAfME Advocacy team
- Check out the Music Education Policy Roundtable