Advocacy Webinar! – Federal Funding Facts

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Join us on October 18 at 7:00 PM (EST) for a webinar on the ‘Federal Funding Facts’ of the Every Student Succeeds Act.  Become an expert on the new education law and find out how it can benefit your music program!

Last year’s landmark passage of the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA) paved a new day for public education in the US, marking an enormous victory for music education by making it a part of a “Well-Rounded Education.” But, what does this all actually mean for K-12 school music programs?

The “Well-Rounded Education” provision (previously known as “Core Academic Subjects”) is a section (Sec. 8002) within ESSA that lists courses, activities, and programming in subjects deemed critical when providing students a broad and enriched educational experience. The provision includes “music” and “arts,” which articulates the importance of music as a part of every child’s education.  As a term, “Well-Rounded” is utilized throughout the law, and by inclusion, significant federal funding provisions are now accessible by school music and art programs, noting an unprecedented and historical step for music education.

The Inner-Workings of ESSA: Titles I – IV

The Every Student Succeeds Act is divided into nine ‘Titles,’ each providing key-federal support to critical components of K-12 education. Our goal is to walk you through each Title pertinent to music education, diving into how the funds are operated, and finally highlighting how you can access these funds to benefit your music program.

The webinar will focus on differentiating Titles I, II, and IV of ESSA, each holding key “Well-Rounded” provisions that may beneficial to K-12 music programs:

  • Title I – “Improving Basic Programs Operated by State and Local Educational Agencies: Provides financial assistance to school districts to meet the needs of children from low-income families and ensure they are meeting academic standards;
  • Title II – “Preparing, Training, and Recruiting of High-Quality Teachers, and Principals: Provides financial assistance for the recruitment and professional development of educators and other key-school officials;
  • Title IV – 21st Century Schools: Provides financial assistance for school districts to support the comprehensive needs of students, such as supporting a safe and healthy environment, supporting the effective use of technology in education, and providing the access to a well-rounded curriculum.

How to Sign Up!

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 7:00 PM (EST). To sign up for our ‘Federal Funding Facts’ webinar, click the button below!

We hope you will join us! You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity!

Ronny Lau, Policy Advisor, Center for Advocacy, Policy, and Constituency Engagement, October 5, 2016. © National Association for Music Education (