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.
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
August 03, 2023FTC Decision in EdModo Case Won’t Impact District Operations
Over the course of the summer, our advocacy team had engaged with the FTC and USED to raise concerns with the FTC’s recent settlement with EdModo.
August 02, 2023ED and DOL Announce Resources to Support Teacher Apprenticeship Programs
Last week, ED and DOL released a new National Guidelines for Apprenticeship Standards for Registered Apprenticeships for K-12 teachers.
August 01, 2023AASA Leads Letter of Support on Proposed IDEA Medicaid Regulation
AASA was proud to lead a comment letter in support of the proposed regulation that would amend IDEA's parental consent requirement to bill Medicaid.
July 28, 2023FY24 Appropriations Update: A Tale of Two Chambers: House and Senate Advance Drastically Different Education Budgets
This is part two of a blog post on FY24.
July 28, 2023FY2024 Appropriations Update: Let’s Talk Federal Share in LEA Budgets
This is part one of a two-part blog post on all things FY 2024.
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.
Latest Advocacy & Policy Resources
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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