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Every Student Succeeds Act—What's Next and What Parents Need to Know About Music Education and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Federal Education Law.
Following a bi-partisan agreement lead by Senator Lamar Alexander, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Healthcare, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP), in December of 2015 President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Among its various and complex provisions, the law includes music and other subjects as part of a well-rounded education (the designation of well-rounded subjects replaces NCLB’s listing of core academic subjects). Moreover, under ESSA, there is the potential to expand the use of federal education funds for well-rounded education subjects – including music. In order to maximize these opportunities, community engagement at the local, state and federal level is critically important NOW!
State and local school districts are making changes to policy and funding to meet the requirements of the new ESSA federal education law. The NAMM Foundation's ESSA Parent brochure outlines the "three R's" of music and arts education advocacy to assure that ALL children have the opportunity to learn and grow with music and the arts.