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We Need Your Help to Support and Protect Music Education in Indiana!
Indiana Music Educators,

We have all seen the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the battered economy, but as educators, we have not yet felt the worst. Education faces many challenges as cases continue to surge and we move forward into a new reality. We need your help to ensure that Indiana students retain access to a well-rounded education, which includes music.

According to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, the combined revenue shortfall for state budgets—not including additional costs incurred by COVID-19—will be approximately $555 billion over the next two fiscal years. Many states have already made cuts across the board, including millions of dollars from education budgets. Luckily, Indiana has held education harmless in the budget to date, and for that we need to thank our state representatives for their support. But Indiana has not been immune to the economic downturn caused by the virus; we need to urge Indianapolis to continue to support education in future budgets, and we need Congress to act fast to stop the damage from affecting our ability to provide students with a well-rounded education.

The Indiana Music Education Association believes that Congress must appropriate at least $200 billion specifically for education for states to avoid drastic negative consequences. We must also communicate to the Indiana General Assembly that as they continue to address the dire financial situation in Indiana, they must continue to hold education harmless, as they have done this year. As stated in our state ESSA plan, "The IDOE recognizes music, arts, and physical education not as luxuries in a child’s education, but rather as important features of whole-child development from PK-12 to postsecondary education." We need our elected officials to recognize and support this in our students' education.

We are asking you to reach out to your members of the Indiana delegation in Congress to support back filling state education budgets, as well as your elected state representatives to urge them to continue to support holding education harmless in future budgets. Fill out the forms to your right, and feel free to add your own personal stories about how music has helped you and your students cope with these trying times. Together, we will get through this, and ensure that our students and schools will too.

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