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.
September 08, 2023Biden Administration Releases Proposed Changes to Overtime Rule
Earlier this month, the Department of Labor released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking altering the overtime pay regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
August 31, 2023Guest Post: Food - The Most Essential School Supply
This guest blog post is brought to you by Laura Hatch, Senior Director of Policy & Partnerships at FoodCorps
August 30, 2023USDA Webinar: Child Nutrition Updates for Education Stakeholders
Join AASA, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and other education partners on Friday, September 15 at 1:00p.m. ET to learn how districts can support successful implementation of new programs to ensure students have access to the meals they need all year around.
August 28, 2023The Advocate September 2023: School District Spending of the American Rescue Plan Report
One of the pillars of AASA’s advocacy on behalf of superintendents is its commitment to always represent the views of the organization’s members no matter if they’re good, bad or ugly on Capitol Hill.
August 25, 2023USDA Publishes Child Nutrition Program Integrity Final Rule
On Wednesday, August 23, USDA published a final rule on program integrity to ensure that child nutrition programs are properly operated and managed to protect federal funds and taxpayer dollars.
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
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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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