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Congress Passes and President Trump Signs Career and Technical Education Bill

August 7, 2018

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is thrilled to report the passage and long overdue reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act (H.R 2353). The passage is a key victory for music education as this version of the Perkins Act includes mention of a well-rounded education (established by Sec. 8101 of ESEA). Through enactment of this law, school districts will need to provide detailed information on how they plan to incorporate a well-rounded education into their career and technical education plan.

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MMEA Receives 2018 Excellence in Advocacy Award

August 2, 2018

The National Association for Music Education has awarded the Michigan Music Educators Association  the 2018 Excellence in Advocacy Award in recognition of their efforts advocating for music education. MMEA President Lisa Furman, along with MMEA Executive Director Cory Micheel-Mays and MMEA Immediate Past-President Karen Salvador, accepted the award on behalf of Michigan Music Educators Association during NAfME’s June Hill Day activities.

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Music Technology Win in Senate Draft of Perkins Reauthorization

July 19, 2018

The United States Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed its version of the Carl Perkins Act Reauthorization on June 26, 2018, with full bipartisan support.

The passage is a key victory for music education as this version of the Perkins Act includes mention of a well-rounded education (established by Sec. 8101 of ESEA/ESSA).

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2017-2018 Tri-M® Music Honor Society Chapters of the Year Announced

July 11, 2018

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) announces the 2017-2018 Tri-M® Music Honor Society Chapter of the Year, presented by Simply Sheets Fundraising. The National Chapter of the Year Program is designed to motivate and reward chapters that perform service projects, encourage Chapter Officers to perform their duties properly, and increase awareness and interest in what other Tri-M® chapters are doing.

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The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum Announce the 2019 Music Educator Award Quarterfinalists

July 6, 2018

The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum has announced 188 quarterfinalists for the 2019 GRAMMY Music Educator Award, and of that number, 82 are currently members of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

The Music Educator Award was established to “recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.”

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House Releases Labor, HHS, Education Bill for FY 2019

June 19, 2018

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee released their Labor-HHS-Education bill for Fiscal Year 2019. In total, the bill would provide $177.1 billion in discretionary spending, which includes $71 billion for the U.S. Department of Education and its associated programs. This is a $43 million increase from their proposal in FY 2018.  On Friday, June 15, the bill went through an uncontentious markup featuring no amendment process and was cleared by the presiding subcommittee through a voice vote.

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Marching to Success: Myra Rhoden is NAfME’s Band Director of the Year

June 12, 2018

Myra Rhoden knows how to put it all together! Rhoden, NAfME’s Band Director of the Year, is the director of the Fayette County High School Band in Fayetteville, Georgia, as well as the school’s fine arts chairperson. For this award, NAfME partnered with the All-American Marching Band, which led to exciting meetings for Rhoden and her family.

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Longtime NAfME Member Michael L. Mark Passes into History

May 22, 2018

Dr. Michael L. Mark, emeritus professor and former dean of the Graduate School at Towson University in Towson, Maryland, died May 10, 2018. A leading music education history scholar, Mark was a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) for many years, a well-respected teacher and the author, coauthor, or editor of numerous books and articles on music education and music history topics.

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