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 26, 2023EPA Proposes Stricter Regulations on Lead Exposure in Certain Buildings, Including Some Schools
Earlier this month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new draft rule for stricter standards on exposure to lead in buildings where children under the age of 6 spend significant time—including residential buildings, child care facilities, and schools.
July 25, 2023Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program FAQ
This month, improvements to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program went into effect.
July 14, 2023House FY24 Appropriations Proposal Guts Education
Top line: This is a huge cut to education no matter how you count it.
July 13, 20232023 Legislative Advocacy Conference Recap
Thank you for joining us for our 2023 Legislative Advocacy Conference.
July 12, 2023Guest Post: Making the Most of Your Summer Fun(ds)—Improvement Isn’t Accidental
This is the third installment of the Summer Funds series with AASA President Gladys Cruz.
July 12, 2023House and Senate Introduce IDEA Full Funding Act
Earlier this week, the IDEA Full Funding Act was reintroduced in the 118th Congress!
July 06, 2023The Advocate July 2023: Additional School Meal Funding has Expired
As we head into July, a key priority for the AASA Advocacy Team is urging Congress to extend the additional reimbursements for school meal programs provided by the Keep Kids Fed Act (KKFA), which expired on June 30.
July 05, 2023AASA Releases Guide for School Leaders on Artificial Intelligence
AASA partnered with four education organizations to develop a guide for school leaders on the basics of AI in education.
June 29, 2023Guest Post: Making the Most of Your Summer Fun(ds)— Effective Planning = Effective Programs
This is the second guest post written by AASA President-Elect 2022-23 Gladys Cruz about leveraging ARP dollars for afterschool or summer programs.
June 28, 2023AASA Joins National Organizations to Support FCC Nomination
AASA joined 15 other national education organizations in a letter supporting the nomination of Anna Gomez as a Commissioner with the Federal Communications Commission.
June 27, 2023FCC Chairwoman Announces 'Learn Without Limits' Initiative
At last week's American Library Association Conference, FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced her 'Learn Without Limits' initiative.
June 23, 2023AASA Leads Letter to Congress on Increased Reimbursement Rates for School Meals
Today, AASA, with 17 other national education, nutrition and child welfare organizations, sent a letter to Congress urging them to extend the additional reimbursements from the Keep Kids Fed Act.
June 15, 2023ESSER in Action at Lockwood Schools: A Positive Learning Environment in Big Sky Country
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.
June 13, 2023Dept of Ed invites Superintendents to Free to Learn: Creating Inclusive and Nondiscriminatory School Environments for LGBTQI+ Students
The U.S. Department of Education cordially invites you to Free to Learn: Creating Inclusive and Nondiscriminatory School Environments for LGBTQI+ Students on Wednesday, June 21.
June 12, 2023Dept of Ed Opens Fiscal Year 2023 Full-Service Community School Competition
The Full-Service Community Schools (FSCS) program supports the planning, implementation, and operation of high-quality Full-Service Community Schools.
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