A Call to Action Request from OMEA President Michael Crist

Hi to all,

This is a challenging time in our country. With the change of leadership in Washington D.C., this is a time of uncertainty and we all have many questions. As the new leadership is vetted, I ask that you get involved.

Chris Woodside, our NAfME advocacy guru recently sent a call to action to all MEA leaders asking for help in gathering information during the questioning of Betsy DeVos, nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education. Basically, we want to know where nominee DeVos stands on music education. We are all asked to contact our U.S. Senators with specific questions for Ms. DeVos. I’ve attached the questions in a PDF file to this email for your reference. I’ve also included Chris’s recommendations on how to approach your U.S. Senator in the email.

Please take this important action to heart. I ask you to stay with the attached questions and try not to move off of the focus on music education. A unified and focused questioning will have the most impact. The appointment of new leadership in Washington will affect many of the recent gains we have made in Federal oversight of the U.S. education system. Please get involved so our voices can be heard in a unified chorus.

Thanks for your help,

Michael R. Crist, Ph.D.
President
Ohio Music Education Association

Development Liaison
College of Creative Arts and Communication

Professor Emeritus
Youngstown State University

CALL YOUR SENATORS: NAfME Seeks Answers from Betsy DeVos Regarding Position on Music Education

CALL TO ACTION:
NAfME Seeks Answers from U.S. Secretary of Education Nominee

Betsy DeVos Regarding Position on Music Education

On January 17th, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Betsy DeVos to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education. While the hearing addressed important topics regarding Mrs. DeVos’s views on education policy and her personal qualifications for the job, it, unfortunately, did not provide answers to the many questions concerning the nominee’s views on music education and the importance of a Well-Rounded Education (as defined by the Every Student Succeeds Act [ESSA]), that the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) shared with the HELP Committee prior to the hearing.

AS SUCH, NAfME IS CALLING ON MUSIC EDUCATION ADVOCATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO CONTACT THEIR SENATORS AND REQUEST ANSWERS FROM MRS. DEVOS ON THE QUESTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN POSED BY NAfME PRIOR TO A VOTE ON HER CONFIRMATION BY THE HELP COMMITTEE ON JANUARY 31ST @ 10 AM.

Music education advocates are requested to:

  1. Contact your Senators (if you happen to live in a state with a HELP Committee member, your work is even more important)
  2. Identify yourself as a music education advocate, and request to speak with the Senator’s education aide (if you cannot reach the education aide, it is acceptable to speak with another staffer or to leave a message)
  3. Indicate that you are concerned that Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education, has not responded to the National Association for Music Education’s questions regarding her views on the importance of music education. Offer to share these questions with the staffer via email, and strongly encourage them to seek answers from Mrs. DeVos prior to the January 31st, 10 AM vote on her confirmation by the HELP Committee.
  4. Thank the staffer for their time.

THANK YOU FOR BEING A MUSIC EDUCATION ADVOCATE!

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