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 15, 2022USDA Launches $50 Million Grant Program For Schools & Food Industry to Work Together to Strengthen School Meals
Last week, USDA launched a $50 million grant opportunity to support collaboration with the food industry to develop nutritious, appetizing school meals for students.
November 16, 2022Congress Asks Cardona for Late Liquidation Guidance
This week, members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary Cardona urging the Department to issue guidance on how school districts can utilize late liquidation flexibility under the American Rescue Plan.
November 14, 2022Cardona Issues New Guidance on Prioritizing Dual Enrollment, Apprenticeships, with ARP Funds
The U.S. Department of Education released new guidance that encourages schools to use unspent COVID relief money to expand various career options for students.
November 03, 2022The Advocate November 2022: School Transportation Resources
In the last year, AASA has stepped in to provide federal policy support to the National Association for Pupil Transportation.
November 03, 2022CDC Releases Monkeypox Toolkit for Schools and Early Care and Education Programs
The CDC has released a new resource for administrators and staff members of schools and early care and education programs related to monkeypox.
October 28, 2022AASA Joins 64 Organizations to Ask for Funding for Emergency Connectivity Fund
As part of our ongoing advocacy around connectivity, AASA joined 64 other organizations in a letter calling for additional funding for the emergency connectivity fund.
October 28, 2022Dept of Energy Announces $80M in Grants for School Energy Projects
On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Energy announced more than $80M, the first tranche of funding in a $500M investment, to make clean energy improvements in K-12 public schools.
September 16, 2022Loan Forgiveness for Educators Act of 2022
On Friday, September 16, Senator Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) and Representatives Teresa Leger Fernandez (D-NM) and Jahana Hayes (D-CT) introduced the AASA-endorsed Loan Forgiveness for Educators Act.
September 15, 2022ED Releases Guidance on $1b in Title IV-A Funding from BSCA
Today, the U.S. Department of Education released a Dear Colleague letter to States outlining the parameters for the $1 billion in ESEA Title IV-A funding.
September 14, 2022ED Letter on Academic Assessment Data
On September 13, U.S. Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona, sent a Dear Colleague letter to State education leaders.
September 08, 2022AASA Submits Comments on New Proposed Title IX Regulations
Today, AASA sent comments to the U.S. Department of Education on the revised Title IX regulations that were proposed in June.
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.
Latest Advocacy & Policy Resources
March 15, 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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