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.
March 01, 2023The Advocate March 2023 - Medicaid Unwinding
There is a major health care coverage change happening that will impact students in your districts who currently rely on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for health insurance.
February 24, 2023NCE Rewind - Advocacy Presentations
We have a list of presentations brought to you by your advocacy team at NCE.
February 13, 2023"Politics in Schools" Webinar and Resources
On February 7, the RAND Corporation hosted a webinar on political polarization in schools.
February 13, 20232023 NCE Advocacy Events
AASA’s policy and advocacy team invites you to journey with them into the weeds of federal education policy at the national conference in San Antonio.
February 09, 2023USDA Issues Proposed Updates to Nutrition Standards
On February 3, USDA issued a new proposal to update the nutrition standards to align with the 2020 Dietary Guidelines.
February 08, 2023ASCA Report: Administrators and School Counselors
On February 8, the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) released a new report on district administrators’ understanding of school counseling, familiarity with the ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling and other issues.
February 01, 2023Updates to Senate HELP and House Education and Workforce Committees
A new election cycle brings a new shakeup to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and the House Education and Workforce Committee.
February 01, 2023AASA's New Student and Child Privacy Center (SCPC) Stakeholder Alert - February 2023
AASA’s new Student and Child Privacy Center (SCPC) provides support for AASA’s members by tracking and analyzing legislation, creating resources, and providing technical assistance on student privacy issues.
February 01, 2023The Advocate February 2023 - Defending Public Education
Public education is under attack. There is no denying that state capitals are being inundated with organizations and individuals who may be promoting “school choice” or the funding of “students not systems” but who have more dangerous goals.
January 09, 2023Upcoming Child Tax Credit Webinar: Jan 19
Please join the Coalition on Human Needs, Partnership for America's Children, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Code for America.
December 22, 2022Congress Nears Final FY23 Appropriations Package
Federal fiscal year 2023 started on October 1, runs through September 30, 2023, and includes federal dollars that will be in your schools for the 23-24 school year.
December 19, 2022AASA and CASE File Amicus in Perez v. Sturgis
Next month, the U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing a critically important case that could determine the future of special education litigation in school districts known as Perez v. Sturgis Public Schools.
December 15, 2022USED - Office of Safe and Supportive Schools Announces Mental Health Service Professional Demonstration Grant
The Office of Safe and Supportive Schools is excited to announce that over $99M in funding is available for the Mental Health Service Professional Demonstration Grant Program.
December 13, 2022Dept of Ed Introduces Spring 2023 Teach to Lead Summit
U.S. Department of Education’s Spring 2023 Teach to Lead Summit, titled “Raising the Bar: In Pursuit of Equitable Opportunities Through Expanded Student Experiences and the Diversifying of the Educator Pipeline,” is an in-person convening March 10-12 in Atlanta, a collaboration effort called Teach to Lead.
December 09, 2022Dear Colleague from Deputy Secretary Marten on Using Federal Funds to Support STEM Education Strategies
On December 6, Deputy Secretary of Education Cindy Marten released a Dear Colleague letter to help State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and their partners better understand how to use Federal funds to support innovative, equity-focused pre-kindergarten through grade 12 STEM education strategies.
Latest Advocacy & Policy Resources
October 02, 2023PEP Talk (Public Education Policy) PodcastType:
PodcastTopics: Advocacy & PolicyKeeping you up-to-date on public education policy issues affecting school leaders and their communities
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.
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