The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) advocates to educate elected officials and other key decision makers about the impact and importance of music education programs.
Below you will find several topics in public policy where the NAfME advocates at the federal level.
2017 Legislative Agendas
2017 Presidential Transition
The Music Education Policy Roundtable and NAfME recently submitted a letter to President-Elect Donald Trump’s Transition team, suggesting education policy proposals that would ensure the continued presence and perseverance of school music programs.
To view the letter, please visit here.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
After years of stalled negotiations and Congressional stalemates, Congress put No Child Left Behind away for good, and passed, by an overwhelming majority, a new version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
This new bill, entitled the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), is an enormous victory for music education advocates. We are truly on the verge of a new day for music education, with opportunities to use federal funding to increase access to music education for all students, especially the most vulnerable.
Please visit our “Everything ESSA” page for the latest on this HISTORIC piece of legislation for music education. On the page you find:
- Comprehensive legislative analysis of the bill
- Toolkits, fact sheets, and implementation guides on how to navigate and understand ESSA
- Resources to help you understand the funding and appropriations process of ESSA
Rules and Regulations
In addition to our legislative work, NAfME also advocates at the U.S. Department of Education in regulatory and implementation policy.
Although Congress creates and passes the laws that govern the United States, those laws also authorize the U.S. Department of Education and other federal agencies to help put those laws into effect by creating and enforcing regulations.
On our “Rules and Regs” page you will find:
- ESSA Implementation Toolkit
- ESSA issued regulations and non-regulatory guidance by the U.S. Department of Education
- Public comments and suggestions, submitted by NAfME to the U.S. Department of Education
- U.S. Department of Education Resources
- Broader MindedTM Brochure
- Hard copies sold on the NAfME Store
- Find your state advocacy leadership
- Organizing a State Advocacy Day
- 5 Ways to Support Your Music Program
- 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:
NAfME Quarterly Advocacy Webinar Series:
- Everything ESSA (archived Spring 2016)
- Title IV, OTLs, & You! (archived Summer 2016)
- Federal Funding Facts! (archived Fall 2016)
- 2017 Federal Landscape (archived Winter 2016)
- ESSA’s First Year in Action (archived Spring 2017)
- 2017 Back to Congress (School) Webinar (archived Fall 2017)