Take Action This Week for Education Funding

There is movement on Capitol Hill. This week (July 27–31), the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a vote on its annual spending legislation that includes modest increases for education programs. At the same time, representatives of the House, Senate, and President Trump’s administration are negotiating a COVID relief bill that has the potential to address urgent funding crises as schools prepare for the fall semester.

Your voice is critical in this movement.

NAfME members have sent more than 13,000 letters to federal lawmakers expressing the serious need for emergency education funding in the next COVID legislation. Music educators from all over the country are making sure our voice is heard, and now is the time to drive the message home. We encourage advocates for music education to participate this week in the #HearOurEdStories campaign.

Share your education stories

You can join the #HearOurEdStories action by posting a video or written message to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. A toolkit is available here, courtesy of the Committee for Education Funding (CEF).

Here’s a great example from California Music Educators Association President-Elect Anne Fennell:

Here is a sample social media post you can personalize and share:

I’m sharing my education story to urge my Members of Congress to support more education funding. The need for federal education investments is greater than ever. #HearOurEdStories #5cents4edfunding @edfunding @[twitter address for your Rep] @[twitter address for your Senator] @[twitter address for your other Senator]

Find your members of Congress here.

The persistent efforts of students, parents, and educators who have been advocating for education funding strengthen the momentum occurring on Capitol Hill right now. We want to thank all the NAfME members and other music education advocates who have so far participated by sending letters, making phone calls, and posting on social media. Education is now at the forefront of the national conversation thanks in part to education advocates. With the fall semester looming and financial limitations threatening access to a well-rounded education, we must continue to elevate the need for federal education relief.

Rob Edwards, July 27, 2020. © National Association for Music Education (NAfME.org)