NAfME Applauds Congressional Action to Overturn Teacher Preparation Rules
The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), in partnership with the Association’s two higher education societies, the Society for Research in Music Education and the Society for Music Teacher Education, applaud the Senate for passing H.J. Res. 58, a resolution that blocks teacher preparation rules that would have been a detriment to music education.
As NAfME has stated previously, while the Association and our members teaching in institutions of higher education across the nation believe in accountability for music educator preparation programs, we believe such accountability must be grounded in evidence-based best practice and practical to implement. These rules were overly standardized, overly prescriptive, and would have been costly to implement. Ultimately, these rules would have had the unintended consequence of harming music educator preparation in America, a reality that NAfME finds unacceptable.
We thank Representative Guthrie and Senator Sasse for their leadership in introducing the resolution in their respective chambers, as well as Chairwoman Foxx and Chairman Alexander for their leadership in quickly passing this legislation to ensure that states have the flexibility in determining their own standards for teacher preparation. We look forward to working with Congress on more effectively addressing teacher preparation rules through the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
Tooshar Swain, Policy Advisor, Center for Advocacy, Policy, and Constituency Engagement, March 8, 2017. © National Association for Music Education (NAfME.org)