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.
September 01, 2022The Advocate September 2022
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August 31, 2022ED and DOL Letter on Addressing School Staff Shortages
On August 31, Department of Education (ED) Secretary Miguel Cardona and Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Marty Walsh sent a letter to state and local education and workforce leaders.
August 25, 2022Hundreds of District Leaders Sign Letter to Cardona Urging Late Liquidation Flexibility
On Monday, almost 700 district leaders from 47 states sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona urging the Department to immediately issue guidance that will clarify how much additional time districts can have to spend ARP funding
August 24, 2022NASSP Principal Recovery Network Releases Guide to Recovery
Founded in April 2019, the NASSP Principal Recovery Network (PRN) is a national network of current and former school leaders who have experienced gun violence tragedies in their buildings.
August 03, 2022Appropriations Update
On July 28, the Senate Appropriations Committee released its proposed Democratic fiscal year (FY) 2023 funding bills.
August 01, 2022AASA Joins K12 Groups in Amicus Brief for SCOTUS Case on Affirmative Action
AASA joined the National School Board Association, National Association of Elementary School Principals, and American School Counselors Association in an amicus brief for Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) v. Harvard and SFFA v. University of North Carolina.
July 29, 2022Biden Administration Strengthens School-Based Mental Health Services
On Thursday, the Biden-Harris Administration announced two new actions to strengthen school-based mental health services and address the youth mental health crisis.
July 29, 2022How School Leaders Can Help Families Claim the Expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) During the Back-to-School Period
Schools can help spread the word about the expanded CTC, which provides up to $3,600 per child.
July 29, 2022Webinar Recap: What Do Supts Need to Know and Do About the Newly Proposed Title IX Regs?
On July 27, we held our webinar titled “What Do Supts Need to Know and Do About the Newly Proposed Title IX Regs?” with the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA)’s top legal team, Tanyka M. Barber, Mikiba Morehead, Daniel Swinton and AASA’s Sasha Pudelski.
July 28, 2022Federal School Safety Clearinghouse Introduces SchoolSafety.Gov Ahead of 2022-23 School Year
As schools and districts look ahead to the next school year, the Federal School Safety Clearinghouse has provided the K-12 community with a variety of resources and tools available on SchoolSafety.gov to assist in safety and security planning efforts.
July 26, 2022Learning Policy Institute introduces the Whole Child Policy Toolkit
The Learning Policy Institute has release the Whole Child Policy Toolkit, a comprehensive framework developed to give state policymakers and education leaders a set of strategies, tools, and resources to advance whole child policy.
July 26, 2022AASA and CCSSO Press ED For Guidance on ESSER Late Liquidation Process
On July 22, AASA, the Council of Chief State School Officers and ten other national organizations, sent a letter to Secretary Cardona confirming late liquidation guidance for ESSER funding that the Department recently issued
July 14, 2022Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act
On July 20, 2022, Democrats on the House Education and Labor Committee released the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act—their proposal for the Child Nutrition Reauthorization.
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.
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