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.
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.
September 26, 2023USDA Issues Final Rule on CEP Eligibility
Today, USDA issued a final rule on changing the eligibility threshold for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). The new minimum Identified Student Percentage (ISP) that districts need to participate is 25—brought down from the current 40. This rule will go into effect on October 26, 2023.
September 26, 2023USED Protecting Student Privacy: Webinars
September 25, 2023ESSER in Action in New Hartford: A Community Rich in History in New York State’s Mohawk Valley
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.
September 21, 2023CALL TO ACTION: FY24 Appropriations
In the ultimate game of ‘will they or won’t they’, we once again find ourselves with a Congress that is unable to reliably complete its only Constitutionally-required task: funding the government.
September 19, 2023Forward Progress on ARP Liquidation
Yesterday, ED released a letter to States advising them that they would begin the process of allowing States to apply for late liquidation funds this fall.
September 19, 2023AASA ARP Committee Resources
AASA’s ARP committee convened during the COVID pandemic to be a voice from the field about districts were doing and needed in response to COVID.
September 14, 2023AASA Outlines Position on Ed Bills Ahead of Committee Markup
September 14, 2023USED Issues Dear Colleague Letter on Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness
USED Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Programs Adam Schott wrote a Dear Colleague letter to Chief State School Officers with recommendations for the use of ARP funds to support students experiencing homelessness.
September 12, 2023AASA Joins ASBO and NSBA in Letter on Health Insurance
AASA joined ASBO and NSBA in a joint letter responding to a recent proposal from HHS, DOL and Treasury.
September 08, 2023Town Hall Event on Personnel Shortages in Special Education
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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