Music teachers urge legislators to ensure high-quality music education

The National Association for Music Education and seven other music associations wrote Secretary of Education Arne Duncan a letter responding to his open letter to teachers (see previous post). “In your letter, you mentioned that you have met many teachers who are willing to be held accountable for outcomes over which they have some control. We agree wholeheartedly. We urge you to work with your colleagues in the United States Congress to ensure that the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides a reasonable relationship among music teacher responsibility, state and local curricular control, and accountability, ” the letter stated.

The music groups asked the Department of Education to collect data on the presence of music programs across the nation “so that Americans can be assured that our students are receiving a well-rounded education, and so that music advocates can better understand how to apply their resources.”

The letter, dated May 10, 2011, was signed by The National Association for Music Education – MENC, American String Teachers Association, Chorus America, League of American Orchestras, Music Publishers Association of the United States, Music Teachers National Association, National Association of Schools of Music, and National Guild for Community Arts Education



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