Title IV-A Call-to-Action
Please join more than 1,000 NAfME members who have already engaged in the Title IV-A call-to-action—and let Congress know that school districts need adequate funding to help support their music programs.
Title IV-A is a flexible block grant that allows districts to invest in well-rounded programs, which includes music education. Because of the grant’s significant potential to improve access to music education for students and to support student success, Title IV-A is among the top NAfME priorities in the annual federal budget and appropriations process.
Before Congress recessed at the beginning of August, they agreed on a budget deal that would increase domestic spending by $25.4 billion from Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. This has cleared the way for the Senate to begin work on appropriations when it reconvenes after Labor Day. While this budget agreement allows for more domestic spending from the previous year, a decrease in Title IV-A funding is possible if Congress chooses different priorities. We need your help in telling Congress that fully funding Title IV-A at $1.6 billion should be a top priority.
Send a letter to Congress
Use our easy advocacy tool to send a letter to Congress! We’ve provided language that you have the option to customize, and our platform will electronically deliver your letter to your specific Representatives and Senators.
Tweet the shareable image at the top of this blog post with the hashtag #TitleIV and talk about the importance to music education of fully funding Title IV-A!
Here are some sample tweets you can use:
- .@[Senator/Rep], thank you for funding #TitleIVA of #ESSA in FY19, which has helped provide access to music education. Our nation’s students deserve the $1.6 billion Congress
promised. Please fully fund #TitleIVA in FY20.
- .@[Senator/Rep], full funding for #TitleIVA means districts have local control and flexibility to invest in programs that support a well-rounded education which includes music education. Please fully fund #TitleIVA in FY20. #ESSA
- All students benefit from #TitleIVA funds; w/o them districts are forced to choose between critical programs like safe and healthy schools, well-rounded education, and instructional support for #edtech. @[Senator/Rep], please fully fund #TitleIVA in FY20. #ESSA
- Districts and schools are making effective use of #TitleIVA funds from FY18+19 by investing in a well-rounded education which includes music education. [@[Senator/Rep], fully fund #TitleIVA.
Tooshar Swain, Public Policy Advisor, August 15, 2019. © National Association for Music Education (NAfME.org)