PMEA Advocacy Update – Tuesday, January 5, 2021

It’s a new year and your administration will soon (or already has) ask you for your budget requests for the 2021-2022 school year. While we anticipate this being a challenging year for education budgets in Pennsylvania and across the country, we want to remind you about federal Title IV dollars that are available and are important to bring up in your budget discussions and requests. The federal government has increased the amount of Title IV money available in recently enacted spending legislation.
 
It’s important for music educators to explore using these funds because:
  • Any additional funds can be helpful to music education programs
  • Proving the value of this new funding stream may serve to increase the amount of funding in the future
  • By asking for funding, you may find your administration will find ways to fund your program, even if it’s isn’t through these federal funds
 
The time is NOW to have a conversation with your administrators about using Title IV funds. The process is not complicated and it’s all spelled out in detailed steps in PMEA’s Title IV Toolkit
 
You’ll find:
  • The How To Process To Access The Funds
  • Examples of How Funds Have Been Used In Previous Years
  • A PowerPoint You Can Customize and Share With Your Administrators About The Value of Title IV Funds
  • A Variety of Other Resources
 
If you have a Title IV success story in your school, please send it to us at advocacy@pmea.net
 
As we enter 2021 and a new administration in Washington, we would expect new conversations about increasing federal Title IV funding and the incoming Biden administration has indicated one of their education priorities is increasing Title I funding. Look to hear more ways about how Title I funds can be used for music and arts education.
 
Recently enacted federal spending legislation also allocated more money for schools across the country in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As we learn allowable uses of those funds, we’ll let you know if they can be accessed for music and arts education.