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president’s NJMEA Visits Capitol Hill


ast June I had the opportunity to visit Capitol Hill with Keith Hodgson, Bill McDevitt, Debbie Sfraga, and Bob Frampton. The NJMEA representatives had six scheduled appointments for the day with the Legislative Assistants of Congressman Sires, LoBiondo, Lance, Frelinghuysen, Pascrell, and Holt. We were also able to visit all of our other NJ Congressmen’s offices where we left behind some informative reading material.


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JOSEPH JACOBS 609-335-6429 JJacobs@Veccnj.org


Website: http://www.njmea.org


Charter schools should provide students with a comprehensive education including access to sequential, standards-based music education. Awareness of the bipartisan Congressional STEAM caucus which is being lead by Congresswomen Suzanne Bonamici from Oregon and Congressman Aaron Schock from Illinois. The STEM to STEAM initiative (adding the Arts to the STEM subjects) may bring increased attention to and funding for arts education. It was a very productive day but we must all continue to


advocate and express our passion for music education. Our students are depending on us.


NJMEA Board Continues to Evolve


In past years our NJMEA Board of Directors has done an outstanding job. We have been very fortunate to have had excellent leaders who have shared their talents and skills to benefit our organization. Our goals, which include music advocacy, performance opportunities for our students, and professional development for our membership, will remain as our board continues to evolve to meet our changing needs as music educators.


On The Cover: NJMEA Goes To Washington, DC


left to right: Keith Hodgson (past president), Debbie Sfraga (executive secretary), Bill McDevitt (president elect), Joe Jacobs (president), and Bob Frampton (Eastern president)


Our meetings with the Legislative Assistants were very


encouraging. The dialogue was excellent and we received support and understanding from all of the Legislative Assistants who seemed to be genuinely interested in our concerns. Our discussion points included:


That Congress should maintain the arts as a core academic subject in any reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Music educators should be evaluated by qualified individuals


using reliable measures germane to their field. Funding should be made available to music programs through all appropriate ESEA-authorized programs particularly Title 1 monies.


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Board reorganization meeting on July 30th At our reorganization board meeting in July we welcomed eight


new members to the table. Besides our new region presidents we have added a guitar education chair, early childhood music education chair, music teacher education chair, and technology education chair. Our new members are: Peter Bauer, Jeff Santoro, Ben Fong, Bill Yerkes, Amy Burns, Tom Amoriello, Al Holcomb, and Beverly


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