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Impacting State Law and Rule to Protect Arts Education—It Can Be Done!

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  • This session will discuss how you, your colleagues, and your state music educators association can impact state policy as it relates to music and fine arts. Topics addressed will include: the do’s and don'ts of effective lobbying, how to get started drafting and passing a bill, the importance of building relationships in state government, networking with other disciplines and educator organizations in the political arena, and the role a governmental relations consultant can play in your success.
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  • Robert Floyd currently serves as executive director of the Texas Music Educators Association. Prior to moving to Austin, he taught instrumental music in the Richardson Independent School District for 25 years. In 1986, Floyd was one of eight band directors in the United States elected to membership in the American Bandmasters Association. In 2005, he was named Bandmaster of the Year by the Texas Bandmasters Association, and in 2011, he was inducted into the Phi Beta Mu Alpha Chapter Hall of Fame. In Floyd's role as Executive Director of TMEA, he is responsible for the management of the association, production of the annual clinic/convention—which has over 25,000 people in attendance—editing the monthly journal "Southwestern Musician," and lobbying the Legislature and State Board of Education to promote and to preserve fine arts in the public schools of Texas.