Herald Times Reporter: Manitowoc Public School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. The Manitowoc Public School District is one of 4 percent of districts across the nation receiving the prestigious award in 2017.
The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.
To qualify for the Best Communities designation, the Manitowoc Public School District answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music curriculum and community music-making programs.
Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
This award recognizes that the Manitowoc Public School District is leading the way with music learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act. The legislation, signed into law in December 2015 and awaiting state implementation, designates music and the arts as important elements of well-rounded education for all children.