Nydia Velázquez Wants Students to Hear the Music
Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) introduced legislation on Wednesday to make music education more affordable and accessible in America’s schools. The Guarantee Access to Arts & Music Education (GAAME) Act would expand Title I funds to help underserved elementary and secondary schools implement meaningful and enriching music education. Title I funding is part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and provides financial assistance to local educational agencies and schools with high numbers of children from low-income families. “The role of music and art in a child’s development cannot be forgotten—especially in schools where funding is limited and budgets are stretched,” said Velázquez. “Instead of putting arts education on the chopping block, we must recognize it for what it is—a vital public service.” In addition to introducing the GAAME Act, Velázquez is the author of the American Arts Revival Act, which offers student loan relief to artistic professionals who provide services for seniors, children, or adolescents. More on the GAAME Act here.