So many districts are in the process of having their budgets reviewed by the local governing bodies, music programs could take more hits. Town councils and Boards of Education must follow a strict timeline and process to come up with a final budget. If your district is one of those in the process, and your program is in jeopardy, you need to get involved immediately, especially if you do not have an arts supervisor. NJMEA sent out a Tempo Express email with some guidelines to help with your advocacy efforts.
Here are the main topics from the Tempo Express:
- Don't be overly emotional - this situation is not personal, it's financial. Most BOEs don't want to reduce programs.
- Be prepared with facts - Use the advocacy resources to get those facts.
- Be a resource - Make yourself available to help solve the problems
- Refer to the Code - Be familiar with what is required in the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards, graduation requirements, highly qualified standards, etc.
Just received a document that may be of help to you. It comes from Bob Morrison and the NJ Arts Education Partnership. You can find it on the Music Advocacy page.