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Ernie Williamson Music Goes to Washington! (12/19/2023)
Nearly a decade ago, in part because of the work of delegates from NAMM, the language of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced No Child Left Behind as the primary education law in our country, was changed to specifically include music education as a part of what the bill defines as a "well rounded education." This important addition to the act allows for federal funds appropriated through ESSA to directly benefit students and teachers in music rooms across the country.
Each year, NAMM continues to send delegates to the capitol to lobby members of Congress in support of music education. These delegates share their passion for music with our elected officials and ask for their support in continuing to fund our music classrooms through ESSA. Last week, as the budget deadline loomed once again, Ernie Williamson Vice President Amanda Rueter returned to the Capitol to meet with representatives from Missouri and Kansas and push to ensure that all students have equitable access to music education.