2015 Advocacy Day Update
- Owen J Roberts HS Chorus, Main Rotunda
- State College Flute Ensemble, East Wing
- Academy of Notre Dame Chorus, Main Rotunda
- Big Spring HS Jazz & Vocal Ensemble, East Wing
What Are We Asking For?
What To Do On Advocacy Day?
We would suggest that you arrive at least 30 minutes before your first appointment. For information on parking and other logistical information, please visit this site.
Review this document to learn what to expect in a legislative meeting: What to Expect in a legislative meeting
PMEA will have a table set up in the Main Rotunda of the Capitol. Please stop by this table and let us know what legislators you plan to visit. We will present you with a copy of a book that you’ll leave in the legislative office. You can download and view that book: “How Has Music Education Impacted Your Life?” prior to Advocacy Day to review it.
When you take this book to a legislative office, explain to them that it is collection of Pennsylvanians that believe in music education. You can refer them directly to the pages for the counties they represent. When you are speaking with them about our legislative asks, refer to page 4 of the book because our asks are printed there.
If your schedule allows, please plan to join us at 11 am in the Rotunda for a news conference.
After Advocacy Day, if you have any news to report from your meetings or you received some valuable feedback from a legislator or a staff member, please email that information to PMEA Advancement of Music Education Council Chair, Mark Despotakis at email@example.com
- Increase of $400 million for Basic Education Subsidy (6.98% increase). This combined line item includes what was for 2014-15 separate line items for Basic Subsidy, Accountability Block Grant, and Ready to Learn Block Grant.
- Increase of $100 million for Special Education (9.55% increase).
- Increase of $120 million for Early Education – Pre-K Counts and Supplemental Head Start – (87.93% increase).
- Increase of $23 million for Career and Technical Education (37.10% increase).
- Increase of $4.6 million for Adult and Family Literacy (38.10% increase).
- Increase of $15 million for Community Colleges (6.98% increase).
- Increase of $45.302 million to the State System of Higher Education (10.98% increase).
- Increase of $82.138 million to State-Related Universities (15.76% increase).
- Increase of $2 million for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) grants to arts organizations (23.3% increase).
PMEA’s Fourth Annual Music Education Advocacy Day, which will take place on Wednesday, March 25 at the Capitol in Harrisburg. For those of you already heading to the PMEA conference in Hershey, travel by way of Harrisburg and join us for this very important advocacy event. Bring your students and take advantage of this great opportunity to educate them about the inner workings of state government. Please spread the word to your music community as all students, family and friends are welcomed to attend.
PMEA Advancement of Music Education Council Chair Mark Despotakis, along with the entire council, has been hard at work planning this event. A News Conference will be held at 11 a.m. in the Main Rotunda. As part of this year’s event, each legislator will be presented with a book compiled of responses to the question “How Music Education Has Impacted Your Life?” A huge thank you to everyone (members, students, community members) who have contributed to the 1200+ responses we received.
- Advocacy in Action: Links for Music Educators
- Contact Advocacy Coordinator, Richard Victor
- Join the Pennsylvania Leadership Advocacy Network, (PLAN)
- PLAN (The PMEA Leadership Advocacy Network) Facebook Group
- MIOSM Editorial by Brett Hosterman
Article by former PMEA Outstanding Superintendent, Joseph Batory
NAfME Advocacy for All: A Guide to Member Resources
Overview (How NAfME Advocates for You)
- We are the “national voice” for music education, advocating on Capitol Hill to protect school music for our nation’s students.
- We build coalitions, strengthening NAfME’s profile and increasing capacity for achieving music advocacy goals.
- We provide assistance to our members on the ground by supplementing their grassroots efforts with resources and advice.
Advocacy Resources (Tools for Conducting Proactive Advocacy and Crisis Management)
- NAfME Advocacy Groundswell http://advocacy.nafme.org
NAfME Advocacy Groundswell is a social media-based advocacy hub designed to cultivate an online community of NAfME members from across the country interested in participating in advocacy initiatives, engaging in discussions about advocacy and regularly digesting advocacy news.
- Legislative Memo
Twice a month briefing on music education policy issues. Features a segment focusing on music advocacy efforts taking place at the state and local level.
- Support Music Counterpoint Archives http://www.nammfoundation.org/support-music/counterpoint
A highly focused series of articles by authors like John Benham on music education-related topics like advocacy, coalition- building, and budgeting, among many others.
- Music Advocacy: Moving From Survival to Vision by John Benham
Co-published with: The National Association for Music Education
This book is a summary of the practice of music advocacy. It is a compilation of research and experience gained from 30 years experience by one of the nation’s most successful advocates for music education. It provides the music educator, administrator, school board member, and community advocate with step-by-step procedures for saving and building school music programs. The methods presented in this book are responsible for saving $70 million in proposed music cuts equivalent to approximately 2000 teaching positions and 400,000 music students.
NAfME Federal Requests (Working to Protect Music at the National Level)
In any reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, we ask Congress to:
- Mandatethat students receive a well-rounded, complete and comprehensive education by:
- Maintaining the status of the arts as a core academic subject under ESEA, Title IX, Part A, Sec. 9101 (11).
- Requiring that all students have access to instruction in all core subjects, including music.
- Require the U.S. Department of Education to collect and disseminate data on the availability of education in music and the other arts in local districts and schools.
- Include in ESEA local accountability for education in music and the other arts, including measurement of music success.
- Ensure that all appropriate federal funding sources under ESEA are made available to music education programs.
- Continue to require highly qualified, certified teachers in music and the other arts.
PMEA Advocacy DVD Available Online
The abbreviated version (approximately 12 minutes long) of PMEA’s award winning DVD, The Music Lesson: Treat Music Like it Really Matters is now Online via YouTube by searching for PMEA Music Lesson. The full length DVD was recently recognized with a national Telly Awards for best documentary. Viewers see how important music is to the students and the school, the influence of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association to music teachers, testing, scheduling and budgets, incorporating music into the curriculum, starting an advocacy program and what it takes to have a successful program. If you want people on your side, share this outstanding video. Both the full and abbreviated versions of the DVD are available for purchase online by selecting the Online Store menu option and typing the keyword “advocacy” into the search box.