Advocacy Update – Hill Day

MMEA was proud to be part of this year’s NAfME Hill Day event in Washington, D.C. On June 29, over 300 NAfME members and a record 129 collegiate students descended upon our nation’s Capitol to talk about music education with legislators and staffers. MMEA sent a team of nine delegates to this year’s Hill Day, including MMEA leadership and students from Western Michigan and Wayne State Universities. The members of this year’s delegation included:

 
  • Karen Salvador (President)
  • Lisa Furman (President-Elect)
  • Cory Micheel-Mays (Executive Director)
  • Lindsey Streeter (WMU)
  • Jasmine Joubran (WMU)
  • Danny Reeves ( WMU)
  • Christopher Fosnot (WMU)
  • Jacob Blaylock (WMU)
  • Anthony Berardi (Wayne State) 
The Michigan team met with six legislative offices, discussing full funding for ESSA Titles I, II, & IV. We also shared stories about students and teachers in Michigan, and reminded lawmakers about the need for equitable access to sequential music instruction for all students. You can visit https://nafme.org/hill-day-2017-recap/ to learn more about the 2017 NAfME Hill Day. The video recap provides a great snapshot of the day’s activities.
 
We look forward to visiting our legislators in Washington, D.C. again next year, and I encourage you to share your stories, concerns, and comments by emailing me anytime. I hope you’re enjoying this beautiful summer!
 
Warm Regards,
 
Cory Micheel-Mays
Executive Director, MMEA