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.
April 06, 2023Education Department Inviting Applications for Improving Pre-Employment Transition Services for Youth with Disabilities
Applications are now open through the Department of Education's Rehabilitation Services Administration.
April 04, 2023The Advocate April 2023 - HR5, FERPA and PPRA
This month's edition of the Advocate focuses on House Republicans approving their signature K-12 initiative The Parents Bill of Rights (HR5).
March 31, 2023Recap of the Parents Bill of Rights - Part Two
We're got a recap of the Parents Bill of Rights. This is Part Two
March 31, 2023Recap of the Parents Bill of Rights - Part One
We've got a recap of details on the Parents Bill of Rights. This is Part One.
March 23, 2023Advocacy Update on House Voucherizing Title I
Today, for the first time in over a decade the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on whether to transform Title I into a voucher program.
March 22, 2023Significant SCOTUS Decision on Perez v. Sturgis
In January, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in a special education case out of Michigan known as Perez v. Sturgis Public Schools. This week the Court decided that individuals who have entered into a settlement resolving their IDEA claims can also pursue monetary damages against school districts under the Americans with Disabilities Act without exhausting the administrative process under IDEA.
March 22, 2023USDA Releases Proposed Rule to Lower CEP Threshold
On March 22, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a proposed rule to expand access to the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) by lowering the minimum identified student percentage (ISP) participation threshold from 40 percent to 25 percent.
March 22, 2023Understanding the Floor Vote for HR5: The Parents Bill of Rights
In just over two weeks, the H.R. 5, the Parents Bill of Rights Act (PBOR), a bill intended to give parents more control over their child’s education - was reintroduced, marked up, and passed out of the House Education and Workforce Committee.
March 15, 2023Highlighting ESSER Success
The Coalition to Advance Future Student Success (AASA is a member) is eager to elevate the stories of how COVID-19 relief funds are making an impact across the country.
March 14, 2023Parents Bill of Rights Passes Education Committee
On Wednesday, the House Education & Workforce Committee passed H.R.5, The Parents Bill of Rights.
March 10, 2023President Biden Releases FY24 Budget Proposal
Earlier this week, President Biden released his FY24 budget proposal. FY 24 runs from October 1, 2023 through September 30, 2024; FY24 funding will be in schools for the 24-25 school year.
March 06, 2023AASA and FRAC Host CEP Kickoff Webinar
AASA and FRAC are co-hosting a CEP Kickoff Webinar for schools and districts considering adopting community eligibility for the 2023-2024 school year.
March 02, 2023USDA Released Implementation Guidance for Non-Congregate Meal Service in Rural Areas
On March 1, USDA released implementation guidance for a permanent, non-congregate meal service through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Seamless Summer Option (SSO) for rural areas with no congregate meal service.
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.
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