NAfME Advocacy Leadership Force

We need YOU to help implement the new ESSA!

This page contains a database of state-specific advocacy information. Click on your state to access legislative and governmental information including deadlines, session dates and budget and Title IV-A data and success stories. The list also contains state advocacy contact information. If a state has a designated contact, you will find their information. If you do not see a contact for your state, please visit the NAfME Federated Associations page to access contact information for your state’s other leadership.

In addition to housing state-specific information, this page will also host state and affiliated MEA guidance for school re-opening and recommendations for music education in schools in the wake of COVID-19.

Please contact our advocacy team at for further assistance.

Thanks for being part of our grassroots effort to implement ESSA and make a new day for music education!

State Specific Information Leader State Reopening Guidance MEA/ Arts Specific Reopening Guidance
AK Nancy Dreydoppel Framework Guidance  
AL Greg Gumina Alabama, Summer Guidance, 5.20.2020  
AR Jaree Hall Arkansas Re-entry Guidance 5.20.2020 Directive for Community and School Sponsored Music Return to Play
AZ Stephanie Campbell Arizona Reopening Guidance 6.1.2020 AZ-Arts-and-Physical-Education-Re-Entry-Guidelines-5-26-2020
CA Russ Sperling CA Reopening Guidance  
CO Carla Aguilar CO Reopening Guidance  
CT Carolyn Bennett Adapt, Advance, Achieve: Connecticut’s Plan to Learn and Grow Together

CAAA COVID-19 Guidance 2020
DC Holly Pusch ReOpen DC Education Guidelines  
DE Dominic Pisano  Returning to School  
FL Kathleen D. Sanz, PhD Reopening Florida’s Schools  
GA Peter Lemonds Georgia, Path to Recovery, 6.1.2020  
HI Chet-Yeng Loong Hawaii Reopening Guidance, 6.2.2020  
IA David Law Iowa, Summer Guidance, 5.20.2020  
ID BriAnna Crook Idaho, Re-entry Criteria, 5.4.2020  
IL Brayer Teague Illinois, Summer Guidance, 5.6.2020  
IN Lane Velayo IN-Class Music In Indiana’s Schools
KS Kelly Knedler Navigating Change  
KY David Graham Kentucky, Reopening Guidance, 5.15.2020 KMEA Guidance
LA Ginny Medina-Hamilton Strong Start 2020  
MA John Mlynczack MA Fall School Reopening Guidance  
MD Ronald P. Frezzo Maryland, Draft Recovery Plan, 5.7.2020  
ME Victoria Cherry  
MI Ryan Shaw MI Safe Schools  

Kristin Chase

Casey Clementson

Minnesota, Summer Guidance, 5.29.2020  
MO Jocelyn Prendergast MSBA Guidance  
MS Hannah Gadd Ardrey and Jordan Langworthy  Considerations for Reopening Mississippi Schools  
MT Dusty Molyneaux Reopening Montana Schools  
NC Jazzmone Sutton Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit NC Arts Ed Recommendations
ND Brian L. Saylor North Dakota, Smart Restart Guide, 5.2.2020  
NE Kathleen Ohlman Nebraska, Summer Guidance, 5.22.2020  
NH Sean F. Meagher K-12 Back To School Guidance  
NJ Dennis Argul Restart and Recovery Plan For Education  
NM Brian Uerling Reentry Guidance  
NV Martha O’Neill Nevada, Path Forward, 4.28.2020  
NY Lori Orestano-James Recovering, Rebuilding, and Renewing:
the Spirit of New York’s Schools
OH James Dowdy Ohio, Reset and Restart, 5.19.2020  
OK James South Return to Learn Oklahoma  

Andie Andeen

Laura Arthur

Ready Schools, Safe Learners re-Opening Guidance

Visual and Performing Arts Additional Considerations

OSAA Music Return to In-Person Instruction Considerations 

PA Mark Despotakis

Pennsylvania, K-12 Guidance, 6.3.2020 

Pennsylvania, Postsecondary and Adult, 6.3.2020

RI David Neves Back to School Rhode Island 6.19.20 RIMEA Reopening Guidance
SC Christine Fisher AccelerateED Task Force
Guidance and Recommendations for 2020–21 School Year
Prioritizing and Promoting Health
and Safety in School Music
Instruction and Performance
SD Kimberly Bruguier Starting Well 2020  
TN Christopher Dye Reopening Schools Fine Arts
TX Michelle Davis Texas, Summer Instruction, 5.22.2020

UIL Fall 2020 Music Update

TEA Public Health Planning Guidance

UT Christine Wolf Utah, Draft Discussion Points, 5.21.20 UMEA Guidance

Steve King

John Brewington

Phase Guidance for Virginia Schools  
VT Tony Pietricola A Strong and Healthy Start
WA Jim Rice Reopening Washington Schools WMEA COVID Reopening Statement
WI Kay Black Education Forward  
WY Cindy Schmid  Wyoming Smart Start  
WV Andrea Hasley  West Virginia, Overview of Taskforce, 5.19.2020