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.
August 03, 2022Appropriations Update
On July 28, the Senate Appropriations Committee released its proposed Democratic fiscal year (FY) 2023 funding bills.
August 01, 2022AASA Joins K12 Groups in Amicus Brief for SCOTUS Case on Affirmative Action
AASA joined the National School Board Association, National Association of Elementary School Principals, and American School Counselors Association in an amicus brief for Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) v. Harvard and SFFA v. University of North Carolina.
July 29, 2022Biden Administration Strengthens School-Based Mental Health Services
On Thursday, the Biden-Harris Administration announced two new actions to strengthen school-based mental health services and address the youth mental health crisis.
July 29, 2022How School Leaders Can Help Families Claim the Expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) During the Back-to-School Period
Schools can help spread the word about the expanded CTC, which provides up to $3,600 per child.
July 29, 2022Webinar Recap: What Do Supts Need to Know and Do About the Newly Proposed Title IX Regs?
On July 27, we held our webinar titled “What Do Supts Need to Know and Do About the Newly Proposed Title IX Regs?” with the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA)’s top legal team, Tanyka M. Barber, Mikiba Morehead, Daniel Swinton and AASA’s Sasha Pudelski.
July 28, 2022Federal School Safety Clearinghouse Introduces SchoolSafety.Gov Ahead of 2022-23 School Year
As schools and districts look ahead to the next school year, the Federal School Safety Clearinghouse has provided the K-12 community with a variety of resources and tools available on SchoolSafety.gov to assist in safety and security planning efforts.
July 26, 2022Learning Policy Institute introduces the Whole Child Policy Toolkit
The Learning Policy Institute has release the Whole Child Policy Toolkit, a comprehensive framework developed to give state policymakers and education leaders a set of strategies, tools, and resources to advance whole child policy.
July 26, 2022AASA and CCSSO Press ED For Guidance on ESSER Late Liquidation Process
On July 22, AASA, the Council of Chief State School Officers and ten other national organizations, sent a letter to Secretary Cardona confirming late liquidation guidance for ESSER funding that the Department recently issued
July 14, 2022Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act
On July 20, 2022, Democrats on the House Education and Labor Committee released the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act—their proposal for the Child Nutrition Reauthorization.
July 21, 2022OCRE Asks USED for Follow Up On Rural Priorities.
AASA is a member of Organizations Concerned for Rural Education (OCRE).
July 19, 2022OCR, OSERS Release New Guidance on Disciplining Students With Disabilities
On July 19, 2022, OCR and OSERS jointly released new guidance focused on disciplining students with disabilities.
July 18, 2022AASA Advocacy Conference Resources
For those of you here in DC in person (and those of you following along at home!) here are the resources for this week’s conference. We will be posting presentation slide decks as we get them.
July 07, 2022USDA Extends Numerous Waivers for Summer 2022
Under the authority granted by the Keep Kids Fed Act, USDA issued or extended six waivers for Summer 2022.
July 06, 2022Top Five Things Superintendents Should Know About the Proposed Title IX Rules
On the Fiftieth anniversary of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the U.S. Department of Education released proposed amendments to the Title IX regulations.
July 01, 2022USDA Provides Additional Funding for School Nutrition Programs
On June 30, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will provide nearly $943 million in additional funding to schools to help address the significant challenges child nutrition programs continue to face, such as high food costs and supply chain disruptions.
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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