The Leading Edge: Policy & Advocacy Blog
The Leading Edge, AASA's policy & advocacy blog, provides up-to-date information about activities in Washington, D.C. and Capitol Hill that affect you and your school district.
Topics include new or proposed regulations and federal policies, federal funding updates and opportunities, advocacy resources and more.
July 21, 2022OCRE Asks USED for Follow Up On Rural Priorities.
AASA is a member of Organizations Concerned for Rural Education (OCRE).
July 19, 2022OCR, OSERS Release New Guidance on Disciplining Students With Disabilities
On July 19, 2022, OCR and OSERS jointly released new guidance focused on disciplining students with disabilities.
July 18, 2022AASA Advocacy Conference Resources
For those of you here in DC in person (and those of you following along at home!) here are the resources for this week’s conference. We will be posting presentation slide decks as we get them.
July 07, 2022USDA Extends Numerous Waivers for Summer 2022
Under the authority granted by the Keep Kids Fed Act, USDA issued or extended six waivers for Summer 2022.
July 06, 2022Top Five Things Superintendents Should Know About the Proposed Title IX Rules
On the Fiftieth anniversary of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the U.S. Department of Education released proposed amendments to the Title IX regulations.
July 01, 2022USDA Provides Additional Funding for School Nutrition Programs
On June 30, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will provide nearly $943 million in additional funding to schools to help address the significant challenges child nutrition programs continue to face, such as high food costs and supply chain disruptions.
July 01, 2022The Advocate July 2022
It’s with great excitement to share the legislation AASA helped write and have introduced was signed into law as part of the bipartisan gun legislation known as the Safer Communities Act.
June 27, 2022Medicaid in Schools Guidance Language is Law
The bipartisan Safer Communities Act that passed to prevent gun violence last week included language requiring CMS to issue new school-based Medicaid guidance before June 2023.
June 23, 2022USED to Hold Public Briefing on Proposed Title IX Regulations
The U.S. Department of Education will be holding a public briefing on the proposed amendments to the Title IX regulations that we released earlier today.
June 23, 2022FY23 Appropriations Update
While we may have thought it was enough to be monitoring 2 SCOTUS cases, the Title IX regulations, the Keep Kids Fed Act and the Safer Communities Act, Congress is all about being busy ahead of the July 4 recess.
June 27, 2022AASA Joins Coalition Letter Supporting Safer Communities Act
It’s a busy week on Capitol Hill, and we are pleased to report that the Senate is now considering the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.
June 24, 2022Keep Kids Fed Act
On June 25, Congress passed the Keep Kids Fed Act.
June 21, 2022AASA Joins Letter Asking for Schools to be Added to WH Conference on Hunger
On June 21, AASA joined a group of thirty education, nutrition, and disabilities' rights organizations in calling on President Biden to add a sixth pillar to the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health to emphasize the critical role schools play in addressing student hunger and nutrition.
June 21, 2022SCOTUS Decision in Maine Voucher Case
Earlier today the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the Carson v Makin case, a voucher case from Maine premised on whether or not Maine could deny public funds to schools that promote religious instruction.
June 21, 2022National Healthy Schools Collaborative Releases Ten-Year Roadmap
The COVID-19 pandemic has made clear how connected health and learning are. Districts cannot return to the pre-pandemic status quo which left millions of children and adults in unhealthy schools.
Latest Advocacy & Policy Resources
August 23, 2023School District Spending of American Rescue Plan FundingType:
ReportTopics: Advocacy & Policy, Finance & BudgetsAASA surveyed district leaders about how they're using American Rescue Plan (ARP) and other federal COVID-19 relief funding to address pandemic-related student learning recovery.
July 25, 2023The School Administrator’s Title IX Gameplan for the New School YearType:
Webinar RecordingTopics: Advocacy & PolicyLearn how school districts can be prepared to implement Title IX in the 23-24 school year.
June 06, 2023The New Medicaid Rules for SchoolsType:
Webinar RecordingTopics: Advocacy & PolicyUnderstanding the Historic, New Guide to Revamp Medicaid Billing in School Districts
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