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 27, 2023FCC Chairwoman Announces 'Learn Without Limits' Initiative
At last week's American Library Association Conference, FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced her 'Learn Without Limits' initiative.
June 23, 2023AASA Leads Letter to Congress on Increased Reimbursement Rates for School Meals
Today, AASA, with 17 other national education, nutrition and child welfare organizations, sent a letter to Congress urging them to extend the additional reimbursements from the Keep Kids Fed Act.
June 15, 2023ESSER in Action at Lockwood Schools: A Positive Learning Environment in Big Sky Country
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.
June 13, 2023Dept of Ed invites Superintendents to Free to Learn: Creating Inclusive and Nondiscriminatory School Environments for LGBTQI+ Students
The U.S. Department of Education cordially invites you to Free to Learn: Creating Inclusive and Nondiscriminatory School Environments for LGBTQI+ Students on Wednesday, June 21.
June 12, 2023Dept of Ed Opens Fiscal Year 2023 Full-Service Community School Competition
The Full-Service Community Schools (FSCS) program supports the planning, implementation, and operation of high-quality Full-Service Community Schools.
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.
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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