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.
May 15, 2023Dept of Ed Opens Grant Applications for Fostering Diverse Schools Demonstration
Last week, the Department of Education opened applications for the Fostering Diverse Schools Demonstration grants program.
May 15, 2023Dept of Ed Updates Guidance on Constitutionally Protected Prayer and Religious Expression in K-12 Schools
The updated guidance comes after the Supreme Court's decision in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District.
May 11, 2023ED Releases ESSER II Liquidation Template
On Friday, ED released a document with more details on the late liquidation process for ESSER II.
May 09, 2023AASA Submits Comments on USDA to Lower CEP Eligibility Threshold
Yesterday, AASA in partnership with ASBO, submitted comments in support of USDA's proposed rule to lower the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) eligibility threshold from 40 to 25.
May 09, 2023Resources on Implementing Non-Congregate Meal Service in Rural Areas
Our friends at No Kid Hungry have developed resources to help eligible districts and community based organizations implement non-congregate meal service in rural areas.
May 05, 2023AASA Submits Comments on Proposed Update to the School Nutrition Standards
Our comments expressed deep concerns with the impact of the proposed standards on the palatability of school meals and therefore student participation in school meal programs.
May 05, 2023The Advocate May 2023 - Detailing the Debt Ceiling Debate
As we kick off May, the ticking policy time bomb getting all the attention in Washington D.C. is the debt ceiling.
May 03, 2023Guest Post: Making the Most of Your Summer Fun(ds)
This guest blog post was written by AASA President-Elect 2022-23 Gladys Cruz about leveraging ARP dollars for afterschool or summer programs.
April 28, 2023Dept of Ed Seeking Recommendations for Nominees to Serve Regional Agency Committees for Educational Needs
Secretary Cardona is seeking recommendations for nominees to serve on Regional Advisory Committees, (RACs).
April 28, 2023Student Data and Privacy Testimony at Congressional Hearing
Amelia Vance, director of AASA’s Student and Child Privacy Center, testified before the Subcommittee on Innovation, Data, and Commerce of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
April 26, 2023Apply by May 26: New School Nutrition Grant Program for Small and Rural Districts
The Healthy Meal Incentives Grant Program for small and rural school food authorities (SFAs) is now open. Deadline to apply is May 26.
April 20, 2023Education Groups Call on Congress To Raise Debt Ceiling, Avoid Education Cuts
April 19, 2023AASA Responds to Senate Request for Information About Education Sciences Reform Act
AASA sent a letter, joint between its advocacy team and the Student and Child Privacy Center, providing information about improving federal education research.
April 17, 2023Funds for 3 Federal School Safety Grants Still Available
There’s still time to apply for three U.S. Department of Justice school safety grants!
April 14, 2023GUEST POST: Reading, Writing, Arithmetic…And Relationship Health Education?
This guest blog post is brought to you by Amy S. Crumbaugh, director of Learning and Evaluation at the One Love Foundation.
Latest Advocacy & Policy Resources
August 23, 2023School District Spending of American Rescue Plan FundingType:
ReportTopics: Advocacy & Policy, Finance & BudgetsAASA surveyed district leaders about how they're using American Rescue Plan (ARP) and other federal COVID-19 relief funding to address pandemic-related student learning recovery.
July 25, 2023The School Administrator’s Title IX Gameplan for the New School YearType:
Webinar RecordingTopics: Advocacy & PolicyLearn how school districts can be prepared to implement Title IX in the 23-24 school year.
June 06, 2023The New Medicaid Rules for SchoolsType:
Webinar RecordingTopics: Advocacy & PolicyUnderstanding the Historic, New Guide to Revamp Medicaid Billing in School Districts
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