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.
February 29, 2024Guest Post from NCAN: FAFSA Submissions Are Down 40+%; How to Find Your Schools’ Data
This month's content from the National College Attainment Network provides some updates on the status of the new FAFSA rollout and how district leaders can figure out how their students are doing.
February 29, 2024AASA’s Magazine Takes the Silver in the 2024 TRENDY Awards
Association Trends awarded the Silver to School Administrator magazine in the 2024 TRENDY Awards.
February 27, 2024AASA Joins 15 National Education Organizations to Support FCC’s Proposed Cyber Pilot
AASA joined 15 other national education organizations in support of the FCC’s proposed pilot for K12 cybersecurity.
February 27, 2024Guest Post: Making the Most of Your Summer Fun(ds)— Effectively Recruiting Students
This is the nineth installment of the Summer Funds series with AASA President Gladys Cruz.
February 27, 2024USED Releases Voter Toolkit
The U.S. Department of Education recently released a resource intended for educational institutions to help students with voter registration and voting.
February 26, 2024ED Releases Guidance to Support Preschool Expansion
Today, ED released guidance for how states, local educational agencies (LEAs), and schools can use Title I funds to expand access to high-quality preschool for three- and four-year olds in a range of quality settings including schools, Head Start, and community-based organizations.
February 21, 2024OCR Releases New Section 504 Guidance
This week, the Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education released four new resource documents to “inform students with disabilities, and their families and schools, about their legal rights under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.”
February 12, 2024DOE Efficient and Healthy Schools Program For Rural and Underserved Districts
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has developed the Efficient and Healthy Schools Program to provide 1:1 technical assistance support for rural and underserved schools to improve energy performance and indoor air quality.
February 08, 2024AASA Asks Congress to Protect Education Funding in FY24 Appropriations
AASA sent a letter to Congress urging them (again) to protect education investments in FY24.
February 08, 2024Guest Post from the National College Attainment Network (NCAN): Class of 2024 Faces FAFSA Hurdles; How Do We Help Them Leap Over?
The new FAFSA roll out has been off to a rocky start. Here's what you need to know.
February 08, 2024Join Us at the NCE 5K Fun Run/Walk
We’re looking forward to seeing you at this year’s AASA National Conference on Education.
February 08, 2024Guest Post: NCES Data and Your District
Today’s guest blog post comes from the team at the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
February 07, 2024IDEA Full Funding Coalition Sends FY24 Letter to Congress
AASA is proud to co-chair the IDEA Full Funding Coalition.
February 07, 2024FY24 Appropriations Update
This update comes from the Committee For Education Funding. AASA is a proud member of the coalition and serves on the CEF Board.
February 01, 2024The Advocate February 2024: Advocacy at NCE!
AASA's Advocacy Team is excited to see you in San Diego! Here is a breakdown of all the great content we have planned for you.
Latest Advocacy & Policy Resources
February 22, 2024PEP Talk Episode 27: Superintendent Attrition, Mobility and GenderType:
PodcastTopics: Advocacy & Policy, District & School Operations, Leadership DevelopmentOn this episode of PEP Talk, Kat Sturdevant interviews Dr. Rachel S. White, assistant professor of educational leadership & policy studies at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville about attrition, mobility and the role of gender in the superintendency.
January 18, 2024PEP Talk Episode 26: Secure Rural Schools ProgramType:
PodcastTopics: Advocacy & Policy, District & School Operations, Rural CommunitiesOn this episode of PEP Talk, producer Kat Sturdevant and policy analyst Tara Thomas continue their conversation on rural schools, but this time with a focus on the Secure Rural Schools Program. Tara Thomas interviews Jaime Green, superintendent of Trinity Alps Unified School District in Weaverville, CA who is a passionate advocate for the program.
December 01, 2023Retooling Your Legislative AdvocacyType:
ArticleTopics: Advocacy & PolicyInformational resources and networks of professional associations can make a real difference for superintendents in partisan times.
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