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 01, 2023Updates to Senate HELP and House Education and Workforce Committees
A new election cycle brings a new shakeup to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and the House Education and Workforce Committee.
February 01, 2023AASA's New Student and Child Privacy Center (SCPC) Stakeholder Alert - February 2023
AASA’s new Student and Child Privacy Center (SCPC) provides support for AASA’s members by tracking and analyzing legislation, creating resources, and providing technical assistance on student privacy issues.
February 01, 2023The Advocate February 2023 - Defending Public Education
Public education is under attack. There is no denying that state capitals are being inundated with organizations and individuals who may be promoting “school choice” or the funding of “students not systems” but who have more dangerous goals.
January 09, 2023Upcoming Child Tax Credit Webinar: Jan 19
Please join the Coalition on Human Needs, Partnership for America's Children, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Code for America.
December 22, 2022Congress Nears Final FY23 Appropriations Package
Federal fiscal year 2023 started on October 1, runs through September 30, 2023, and includes federal dollars that will be in your schools for the 23-24 school year.
December 19, 2022AASA and CASE File Amicus in Perez v. Sturgis
Next month, the U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing a critically important case that could determine the future of special education litigation in school districts known as Perez v. Sturgis Public Schools.
December 15, 2022USED - Office of Safe and Supportive Schools Announces Mental Health Service Professional Demonstration Grant
The Office of Safe and Supportive Schools is excited to announce that over $99M in funding is available for the Mental Health Service Professional Demonstration Grant Program.
December 13, 2022Dept of Ed Introduces Spring 2023 Teach to Lead Summit
U.S. Department of Education’s Spring 2023 Teach to Lead Summit, titled “Raising the Bar: In Pursuit of Equitable Opportunities Through Expanded Student Experiences and the Diversifying of the Educator Pipeline,” is an in-person convening March 10-12 in Atlanta, a collaboration effort called Teach to Lead.
December 09, 2022Dear Colleague from Deputy Secretary Marten on Using Federal Funds to Support STEM Education Strategies
On December 6, Deputy Secretary of Education Cindy Marten released a Dear Colleague letter to help State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and their partners better understand how to use Federal funds to support innovative, equity-focused pre-kindergarten through grade 12 STEM education strategies.
December 08, 2022ED Releases New ESSER FAQ Document
On December 7, ED released non-binding guidance that answers long-awaited questions from the field about how ESSER funding can be spent.
December 01, 2022Webinar Recap: Making the Most of Your ESSER Funds: Halftime Reflections & Revisions
This week, we were thrilled to partner with EducationCounsel and Education Resource Strategies for our webinar presentation: "Making the Most of Your ESSER Funds: Halftime Reflections & Revisions"
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.
Latest Advocacy & Policy Resources
March 17, 2023CALL TO ACTION: Submit comments on the proposed updates to the school nutrition standards.Type:
Sample/TemplateTopics: Advocacy & Policy Health & WellnessOn February 3, USDA released a proposal to update the school nutrition standards to align with the 2020 Dietary Guidelines. It is critical that USDA hears the superintendent perspective on how these standards will impact their districts.
March 08, 2023Fully Funding IDEA InvoicesType:
Sample/TemplateTopics: Advocacy & Policy EquityReady to advocate for IDEA full funding? We've created these helpful invoices for you to fill out for your district.
January 26, 2023Using Data: Where to Start?Type:
Webinar RecordingTopics: Advocacy & Policy District & School OperationsA how-to for school and district leaders to use data to their advantage.
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