NAfME Advocacy Leadership Force State Information Center

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 InformationLeaderState Reopening GuidanceMEA/ Arts Specific Reopening Guidance
AKNancy DreydoppelFramework Guidance 
ALGreg GuminaAlabama, Summer Guidance, 5.20.2020 
ARJaree HallArkansas Re-entry Guidance 5.20.2020Directive for Community and School Sponsored Music Return to Play
AZStephanie CampbellArizona Reopening Guidance 6.1.2020AZ-Arts-and-Physical-Education-Re-Entry-Guidelines-5-26-2020
CARuss SperlingCA Reopening Guidance 
COCarla AguilarCO Reopening Guidance 
CTCarolyn BennettAdapt, Advance, Achieve: Connecticut’s Plan to Learn and Grow Together

CAAA COVID-19 Guidance 2020
DCHolly PuschReOpen DC Education Guidelines 
DEDominic Pisano Returning to School 
FLKathleen D. Sanz, PhDReopening Florida’s Schools 
GAPeter LemondsGeorgia, Path to Recovery, 6.1.2020 
HIChet-Yeng LoongHawaii Reopening Guidance, 6.2.2020 
IADavid LawIowa, Summer Guidance, 5.20.2020 
IDBriAnna CrookIdaho, Re-entry Criteria, 5.4.2020 
ILBrayer TeagueIllinois, Summer Guidance, 5.6.2020 
INLane VelayoIN-ClassMusic In Indiana’s Schools
KSKelly KnedlerNavigating Change 
KYDavid GrahamKentucky, Reopening Guidance, 5.15.2020KMEA Guidance
LAGinny Medina-HamiltonStrong Start 2020 
MAJohn MlynczackMA Fall School Reopening Guidance 
MDRonald P. FrezzoMaryland, Draft Recovery Plan, 5.7.2020 
MEVictoria Cherry 
MIRyan ShawMI Safe Schools 
MNDavid J. StordalenMinnesota, Summer Guidance, 5.29.2020 
MOJocelyn PrendergastMSBA Guidance 
MSSherry FreemanConsiderations for Reopening Mississippi Schools 
MTDusty MolyneauxReopening Montana Schools 
NCJazzmone SuttonStrong Schools NC Public Health ToolkitNC Arts Ed Recommendations
NDBrian L. SaylorNorth Dakota, Smart Restart Guide, 5.2.2020 
NEKathleen OhlmanNebraska, Summer Guidance, 5.22.2020 
NHSean F. MeagherK-12 Back To School Guidance 
NJDennis ArgulRestart and Recovery Plan For Education 
NMBrian UerlingReentry Guidance 
NVMartha O’NeillNevada, Path Forward, 4.28.2020 
NYLori Orestano-JamesRecovering, Rebuilding, and Renewing:
the Spirit of New York’s Schools
OHJames DowdyOhio, Reset and Restart, 5.19.2020 
OKJames SouthReturn to Learn Oklahoma 

Andie Andeen

Laura Arthur

Ready Schools, Safe Learners re-Opening Guidance 
PAMark Despotakis

Pennsylvania, K-12 Guidance, 6.3.2020 

Pennsylvania, Postsecondary and Adult, 6.3.2020

RIDavid NevesBack to School Rhode Island 6.19.20RIMEA Reopening Guidance
SCChristine FisherSouth Carolina, Summer Reopening, 5.26.2020 
SDKimberly BruguierStarting Well 2020 
TNChristopher DyeReopening Schools 
TXMichelle DavisTexas, Summer Instruction, 5.22.2020 
UTChristine WolfUtah, Draft Discussion Points, 5.21.20UMEA Guidance

Steve King

John Brewington

Phase Guidance for Virginia Schools 
VTTony PietricolaA Strong and Healthy Start 
WAJim RiceReopening Washington SchoolsWMEA COVID Reopening Statement
WIKay BlackEducation Forward 
WYCindy Schmid Wyoming Smart Start 
WVAndrea Hasley West Virginia, Overview of Taskforce, 5.19.2020