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.
December 01, 2022New Dept of Energy Grants Available to K-12 Schools
This week, the Department of Energy kicked off an $80 million grant program for critical energy upgrades in America’s highest-need K-12 school facilities.
November 30, 2022The Advocate December 2022: Looking Ahead Post-Midterms
The 118th Congress will be another divided governing body with Democrats controlling the Senate and Republicans re-taking the House.
November 29, 2022AASA Urges Inclusion of Child Nutrition Provisions in FY23 Spending Bill
Today, AASA sent a letter to Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Ranking Member John Boozman (R-AR) urging them to include critical child nutrition provisions in the FY23 appropriations package.
November 18, 2022Webinar Recap: Re-Building Student Supports for Pandemic Impacted Times: Student Success Systems and the GRAD Partnership
We had a blast talking about Student Success Systems with the Everyone Graduates Center at John Hopkins University.
November 15, 2022USDA Launches $50 Million Grant Program For Schools & Food Industry to Work Together to Strengthen School Meals
Last week, USDA launched a $50 million grant opportunity to support collaboration with the food industry to develop nutritious, appetizing school meals for students.
November 16, 2022Congress Asks Cardona for Late Liquidation Guidance
This week, members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary Cardona urging the Department to issue guidance on how school districts can utilize late liquidation flexibility under the American Rescue Plan.
November 14, 2022Cardona Issues New Guidance on Prioritizing Dual Enrollment, Apprenticeships, with ARP Funds
The U.S. Department of Education released new guidance that encourages schools to use unspent COVID relief money to expand various career options for students.
November 03, 2022The Advocate November 2022: School Transportation Resources
In the last year, AASA has stepped in to provide federal policy support to the National Association for Pupil Transportation.
November 03, 2022CDC Releases Monkeypox Toolkit for Schools and Early Care and Education Programs
The CDC has released a new resource for administrators and staff members of schools and early care and education programs related to monkeypox.
October 28, 2022AASA Joins 64 Organizations to Ask for Funding for Emergency Connectivity Fund
As part of our ongoing advocacy around connectivity, AASA joined 64 other organizations in a letter calling for additional funding for the emergency connectivity fund.
October 28, 2022Dept of Energy Announces $80M in Grants for School Energy Projects
On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Energy announced more than $80M, the first tranche of funding in a $500M investment, to make clean energy improvements in K-12 public schools.
September 16, 2022Loan Forgiveness for Educators Act of 2022
On Friday, September 16, Senator Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) and Representatives Teresa Leger Fernandez (D-NM) and Jahana Hayes (D-CT) introduced the AASA-endorsed Loan Forgiveness for Educators Act.
September 15, 2022ED Releases Guidance on $1b in Title IV-A Funding from BSCA
Today, the U.S. Department of Education released a Dear Colleague letter to States outlining the parameters for the $1 billion in ESEA Title IV-A funding.
September 14, 2022ED Letter on Academic Assessment Data
On September 13, U.S. Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona, sent a Dear Colleague letter to State education leaders.
September 08, 2022AASA Submits Comments on New Proposed Title IX Regulations
Today, AASA sent comments to the U.S. Department of Education on the revised Title IX regulations that were proposed in June.
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