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Join Us for Our Day of Action!
Join the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the Title IV, Part A Coalition on October 26 for a "Day of Action" and urge Congress to fully fund the Title IV, Part A Block Grant!
What is Title IV, Part A?
The Title IV, Part A block grant is a new program created by the newly enacted and bipartisan "Every Student Succeeds Act" (ESSA). The program, also known as the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants (SSAEG), will be utilized by states and school districts to:
The Underfunding Threat
Despite being authorized at $1.65 billion within ESSA, the block grant has seen significant funding barriers from Congress. The Senate's proposal only allocates $300 million for the Title IV, Part A, while the House's allocation would provide $1 billion, both falling far short of the authorized level. If underfunded, school districts would be prevented from investing in meaningful areas of education, such as school music programs.
In response to this potential underfunding threat, NAfME has joined together with over a hundred organizations to form the Title IV, Part A coalition, working to urge Congress to fully fund the program.
However, we cannot do it alone and we need YOUR help to get the message across to Congress!
What You Can Do on October 26!
On October 26, we ask that you join educators and advocates all across the nation by doing one (or all!) of the following:
Send a letter to Congress!
Use our easy advocacy tool to send a letter to Congress!
Tweet using the hashtag #MoreTitleIV and talk about the importance of fully funding Title IV, A and its importance to music education!
Here are some sample tweets you can use:
Call your members in Congress!
Call your Senators' and Representative's offices!
We hope you can join us on October 26!
Tweets by @CMEA_CalMusicEd