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.
November 08, 2023AASA Files Comments in Response to Dept of Labor Proposed Changes to Overtime
AASA joined Association of Educational Service Agencies and Association of School Business Officials International in a joint letter responding to Department of Labor’s proposed changes to the overtime rules.
November 07, 2023ED Releases Dear Colleague on Protecting Students Against Discrimination
Today, the Department of Education released a Dear Colleague letter to remind schools of their legal obligation to address discrimination, including harassment.
November 03, 2023Call to Action: FY24 Appropriations (Again)
No, you’re NOT making this up. We are once again applying pressure to Congress to complete their funding work for federal fiscal year 2024 (FY24), federal dollars that will be in your schools for the 2024-25 school year.
November 02, 2023The Advocate November 2023: AI, and Cyber, and E-Rate, Oh My!
We are using this month’s edition of The Advocate to provide a quick recap and update on all things connectivity, student data and privacy, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.
November 02, 2023White House Releases Executive Order on Artificial Intelligence
Earlier this week, the White House released an executive order on the Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence.
October 27, 2023Survey Help: Impacts of Superintendent Turnover
As part of our broader work to better understand and illustrate the reality of today’s superintendents, we are proud to partner with Dr. Rachel S. White.
October 26, 2023We Have a Speaker... Now What?
After almost three weeks without a Speaker, The House of Representatives elected Congressman Mike Johnson (R-LA) to serve as the chamber's leader. Now what?
October 25, 2023AASA Signs Letter Urging Department of Labor to Withdraw Overtime Rulemaking
Earlier this week, AASA jointed 87 organizations representing private, public, nonprofit, and educational entities sent letters to House and Senate lawmakers.
October 19, 2023SETDA Releases Cybersecurity Resource for Rural Districts
SETDA released a cybersecurity resource focused on small, rural, and under-resourced districts, developed by SETDA's Cybersecurity & Privacy Collaborative.
October 19, 2023AASA Signs Amicus Brief in SCOTUS Muldrow Case
AASA joined NSBA and ASBO in an amicus (Friend of the court) brief, for the upcoming Muldrow vs. St. Louis.
October 19, 20234 National Rural Education Groups Support WiFi on Wheels
David R. Schuler, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, was honored to sign AASA onto a joint statement from four national rural education associations supporting today’s FCC vote on Wi-Fi on Wheels proposal.
October 12, 2023Guest Post: Making the Most of Your Summer Fun(ds)— Fall Into Planning for Summer 2024 Programming
This is the fifth installment of the Summer Funds series with AASA President Gladys Cruz.
October 04, 2023The Advocate October 2023: All Things School Nutrition
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been busy this year with new rules and regulations for school meal programs. This month, we’re putting everything you need to know about what’s happened and what to expect all in one place.
September 29, 2023FY24 Appropriations Update and How a Government Shutdown Impacts Schools
Congress’s time to fund the government beyond Saturday’s midnight is dwindling.
September 27, 2023AASA Joins Other Organizations Asking Department of Labor for More Comment Time on Overtime Plan
AASA joined more than 100 business groups in a letter to the US Department of Labor in response to a proposed set of changes to the overtime pay regulations.
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