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.
January 05, 2024USDA Releases Interim Final Rule on Summer EBT and Non-Congregate Meal Service in Rural Areas
On December 29, 2023, USDA released an Interim Final Rule on two new(ish) programs aimed to address summer hunger.
January 05, 2024The Advocate January 2024: What You Can Expect This Year
As we head into 2024 and a major election year, this month’s edition of The Advocate is a summary of everything that could impact K-12 leaders in the year ahead.
December 21, 2023ESSER in Action in Massachusetts: Berkley- A Community of Care
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, is launching a series, ESSER in Action, highlighting how COVID-19 relief funds are making an impact across the country.
December 20, 2023FTC Issues Proposed Rule on COPPA
This blog post is cross posted from the team at the AASA Student and Child Privacy Center/PIPC.
December 12, 2023Guest Post: Making the Most of Your Summer Fun(ds)— Planning Summer Learning that Works for Educators
This is the seventh installment of the Summer Funds series with AASA President Gladys Cruz.
December 08, 2023AASA Endorses New Bipartisan School Safety Legislation
AASA was excited to help craft and endorse new bipartisan school safety legislation called the Preparing Leaders to Assess Needs (PLAN) for School Safety Act (H.R. 6613).
December 06, 2023The Advocate December 2023: Critical Funding for Rural Schools
This month, we are focusing on two federal programs that are critical for rural schools across the country: Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) and the Secure Rural Schools (SRS).
November 30, 2023HHS Releases Proposed Rule on Head Start Staff Compensation, Benefits and More
Last week, HHS released a proposed rule on numerous aspects of Head Start. The headline of the rule is a significant increase to staff compensation.
November 30, 2023New Education Impact Report
On November 30, 2023, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative shared an impact report that looks back on eight years of CZI’s work in education.
November 30, 2023COVID-19 Tests Available for Schools
Earlier this week, USED announced a partnership with the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide free COVID-19 tests to school districts.
November 16, 2023Department of Education Releases 2020-21 Civil Rights Data
This week, the Department of Education released the new federal civil rights data for the 2020-2021 school year. Officials have cautioned against comparing this year’s data to previous reports, since 2020-2021 was the first year coming out of the pandemic school closures.
November 15, 2023AASA Supports Reauthorization of Secure Rural Schools Program
AASA joined AESA, NREA and NREAC in a joint letter to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
November 15, 2023AASA Releases Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) Survey Report
Today, your Advocacy team released the Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) Survey Report.
November 15, 2023Learn Without Limits: Fully Launched!
FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced her three-part Learn Without Limits initiative over the summer.
November 15, 2023FY2024: Avoiding a Shutdown But Still Not Funded
In a whirlwind of activity on Tuesday, the House passed (in a bipartisan manner) a continuing resolution (CR) that extends government funding at current levels for four appropriations bills through January 18 and for the other eight through February 2.
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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