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 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.
November 14, 2023AASA Joins Six National Organizations in Joint Letter Opposing House FY24 Funding Bill
AASA joined six national education associations in a letter to the House of Representatives expressing STRONG OPPOSITION to the Republican FY24 funding proposal.
November 14, 2023USED Announces New Tools to Tackle Antisemitism, Islamophobia, and Related Forms of Discrimination and Bias
USED released new tools today.
November 09, 2023ESSER in Action in Iowa: Dial M for Marshalltown
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.
November 09, 2023Guest Post: Making the Most of Your Summer Fun(ds)— Putting Together the Pieces of Your Summer Program Puzzle
This is the sixth installment of the Summer Funds series with AASA President Gladys Cruz.
November 09, 2023FCC Announces Proposal to Allow E-Rate Dollars to Cover Hot Spots
FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel moved forward with the second part of her Learn Without Limits Initiative.
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.
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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