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.
July 01, 2022The Advocate July 2022
It’s with great excitement to share the legislation AASA helped write and have introduced was signed into law as part of the bipartisan gun legislation known as the Safer Communities Act.
June 27, 2022Medicaid in Schools Guidance Language is Law
The bipartisan Safer Communities Act that passed to prevent gun violence last week included language requiring CMS to issue new school-based Medicaid guidance before June 2023.
June 23, 2022USED to Hold Public Briefing on Proposed Title IX Regulations
The U.S. Department of Education will be holding a public briefing on the proposed amendments to the Title IX regulations that we released earlier today.
June 23, 2022FY23 Appropriations Update
While we may have thought it was enough to be monitoring 2 SCOTUS cases, the Title IX regulations, the Keep Kids Fed Act and the Safer Communities Act, Congress is all about being busy ahead of the July 4 recess.
June 27, 2022AASA Joins Coalition Letter Supporting Safer Communities Act
It’s a busy week on Capitol Hill, and we are pleased to report that the Senate is now considering the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.
June 24, 2022Keep Kids Fed Act
On June 25, Congress passed the Keep Kids Fed Act.
June 21, 2022AASA Joins Letter Asking for Schools to be Added to WH Conference on Hunger
On June 21, AASA joined a group of thirty education, nutrition, and disabilities' rights organizations in calling on President Biden to add a sixth pillar to the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health to emphasize the critical role schools play in addressing student hunger and nutrition.
June 21, 2022SCOTUS Decision in Maine Voucher Case
Earlier today the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the Carson v Makin case, a voucher case from Maine premised on whether or not Maine could deny public funds to schools that promote religious instruction.
June 21, 2022National Healthy Schools Collaborative Releases Ten-Year Roadmap
The COVID-19 pandemic has made clear how connected health and learning are. Districts cannot return to the pre-pandemic status quo which left millions of children and adults in unhealthy schools.
June 09, 2022USED Releases Final Maintenance of Equity Rule
Earlier this week, USED released its final rule for the American Rescue Plan’s (ARP) K12 maintenance of equity provision, part of the Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund.
June 08, 202217 National Education Organizations Sign on to AASA Statement on Uvalde Response Package in Senate
Today, AASA was joined by 17 organizations representing the full breadth of the national K-12 education community to call on Congress to swiftly pass legislation that will address the senseless epidemic of gun violence in this country.
June 08, 2022FY23 Appropriations Children's Budget Coalition Letter
As part of our appropriations advocacy, AASA participates in the Children’s Budget Coalition.
June 07, 2022USED Releases Final Notice of Requirements
Last week, USED sent a letter to grantees announcing the Notice of Final Requirements (NFR) regarding the LEA-level maintenance of equity provisions under section 2004(C) of the American Rescue Plan.
June 03, 2022New ED-Commissioned Study on ESEA Provisions that Protect Students
Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) published a study concerning requirements under Section 8546 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) for states and schools to protect students from the consequences of assisting – or “aiding and abetting” – school employees in obtaining a new job if they are known or believed with probable cause to have engaged in sexual misconduct with a student or minor.
June 03, 2022The Advocate June 2022
May ended on a deeply painful note because of the horrific gun violence in Buffalo and Uvalde.
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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