Advocacy Archive

Position Statement on Class Size Allotment – January 2017

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The class size allotment provision for the 2017-2018 school year included in the 2016 state budget by the General Assembly is harmful and damaging to music education in North Carolina. Lawmakers across the nation have enumerated music as a fundamental component of a well-rounded child in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). NCMEA believes that our citizens support quality music programs in our schools and understand that music is a natural and important part of a child’s growth and development. Our mission is to advance music education by promoting the understanding and making of music by all. The positive affects of music instruction create life-long success in students. It is clear that the class size allotment provision will damage the ability of school districts across North Carolina to offer equitable music instruction by qualified, licensed music teachers across our state. We believe it would be in the best interest of our state’s children and for their music education for the General Assembly to eliminate the class size allotment provision from the 2016 budget and return to the current class size allotment formula. We do not support any new provision or amendment to the current provision that will, in effect, cause an unwritten mandate for school districts to reduce the number of music teachers in their district in order to comply with lower class sizes. Any such provision is not healthy for students and is a disservice to our teachers. No elementary child in North Carolina’s public schools should experience an education without music instruction by a qualified, licensed music teacher. We urge lawmakers to act quickly to correct this harmful mandate to our children’s future. To contact your legislators about this issue, please follow this link: Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee
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