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.
June 06, 2023Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 and COVID-19 Relief Funds
On Friday, June 2, President Biden signed the bipartisan budget agreement which suspended the Federal debt ceiling and does not impact ESSER funds.
June 05, 2023USDA Announces $1.3 Billion in Additional Funding for School Meal Programs
On Friday, June 2, USDA announced that it will be providing $1.3 billion in Supply Chain Assistance (SCA) Funds to help schools as they prepare for the end of the temporary reimbursement increase that is set to expire on June 30.
June 02, 2023Debt Ceiling Agreement - What You Need to Know
On June 1, Congress passed an agreement to suspend the debt ceiling and avert a Federal default existing loan payments. The Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 was developed over weeks of negotiations with President Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. In exchange for suspending the debt ceiling for two years (until January 1, 2025), the bill includes spending caps for fiscal years 2024 and 2025 and other Republican priorities.
May 31, 2023AASA Sends Congressional Letter on Debt Ceiling Vote
Today, AASA sent a letter to Congress regarding the bipartisan agreement to raise the debt ceiling.
May 30, 2023ED and DOJ Release School Discipline Guidance
On May 26, the Department of Education and Department of Justice released the long-awaited school discipline guidance.
May 30, 2023The Advocate June 2023: New Rules for Medicaid in Schools
In May, the Biden Administration took action to help schools deliver critical health care services to millions of students through two separate, but related agency actions focused on improving a district’s ability to bill Medicaid.
May 25, 2023AASA Joins 100+ Organizations in Letter to Dept of Labor on OT Rules
AASA joined more than 100 organizations in a letter to the Department of Labor expressing concern over proposed changes to the overtime rules and asking the administration to stop the effort.
May 25, 2023A Wild 48 Hours for Federal Student Privacy
This text is an excerpt from a longer blog post from the Student & Child Privacy Center and Public Interest Privacy Center.
May 24, 2023AASA Partners with CoSN on Annual State of EdTech Leadership Survey
Earlier this week CoSN released the 2023 State of EdTech Leadership report.
May 24, 2023USED Releases Resources for Artificial Intelligence (AI)
USED’s Office of Educational Technology (OET) released a new report that summarizes the opportunities and risks for AI in teaching, learning, research, and assessment based on public input.
May 17, 2023ED Takes Steps to Remove Medicaid Consent Burden For Districts
Today ED released its notice of proposed rulemaking on IDEA’s § 300.154 which requires districts to obtain parental consent for billing Medicaid for any IDEA related services they provide to a Medicaid eligible child.
May 17, 2023AASA Submits Comments on Proposed Title IX Athletics Rule
On Monday, AASA submitted comments on the Education Department’s proposed Title IX rule on athletics eligibility.
May 16, 2023AASA Signs Letter Opposing NDD Cuts
AASA joined more than 760 organizations in a letter to Congress expressing concern with calls from some for very deep cuts in non-defense programs.
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.
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