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 24, 2023Guest Post: Making the Most of Your Summer Fun(ds)— Summer’s Almost Over: What Next?
This is the fourth installment of the Summer Funds series with AASA President Gladys Cruz.
August 17, 2023Biden Administration Launches School Safety Awareness Campaign
The Biden administration wants to make school safety a top priority as classes resume across the country.
August 17, 2023USED Report: State and District Use of Title II, Part A Funds in 2021–22
The Department of Education has shared their new report, with information collected annually through surveys of both State and local educational agencies (LEAs) to determine how States and districts use Title II, Part A program funds.
August 16, 2023AASA/K12 SIX Release Cybersecurity Fact Sheet
Read the K12 SIX and AASA fact sheet on cybersecurity.
August 09, 2023CISA and Cyber Resources in Your State
As the White House and federal government increases its outreach and support for K12 schools as they navigate cyber security and cyber attacks, we wanted to share recent resources that were shared with your state education agency.
August 08, 2023Congress Introduces Legislation to Extend the Secure Rural Schools Program
Please ask your Senators and your Representative to co-sponsor and help to advance theses bills to extend Secure Rural Schools.
August 08, 2023Moving Forward on Cyber
Earlier today, AASA was pleased to participate in the White House summit on K12 cyber security.
August 04, 2023USDA Issues Initial Guidance for Summer EBT
USDA has released initial guidance on Summer EBT eligibility, certification, and verification—which will begin in Summer 2024.
August 03, 2023ESSER in Action in ALASKA: “The Last Frontier”
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.
August 03, 2023WEBINAR: National Student Privacy & Data Security Summer Webinar Series
August 03, 2023FTC Decision in EdModo Case Won’t Impact District Operations
Over the course of the summer, our advocacy team had engaged with the FTC and USED to raise concerns with the FTC’s recent settlement with EdModo.
August 02, 2023ED and DOL Announce Resources to Support Teacher Apprenticeship Programs
Last week, ED and DOL released a new National Guidelines for Apprenticeship Standards for Registered Apprenticeships for K-12 teachers.
August 01, 2023AASA Leads Letter of Support on Proposed IDEA Medicaid Regulation
AASA was proud to lead a comment letter in support of the proposed regulation that would amend IDEA's parental consent requirement to bill Medicaid.
July 28, 2023FY24 Appropriations Update: A Tale of Two Chambers: House and Senate Advance Drastically Different Education Budgets
This is part two of a blog post on FY24.
July 28, 2023FY2024 Appropriations Update: Let’s Talk Federal Share in LEA Budgets
This is part one of a two-part blog post on all things FY 2024.
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