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 03, 2022New ED-Commissioned Study on ESEA Provisions that Protect Students
Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) published a study concerning requirements under Section 8546 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) for states and schools to protect students from the consequences of assisting – or “aiding and abetting” – school employees in obtaining a new job if they are known or believed with probable cause to have engaged in sexual misconduct with a student or minor.
June 03, 2022The Advocate June 2022
May ended on a deeply painful note because of the horrific gun violence in Buffalo and Uvalde.
June 03, 2022AASA School and Gun Safety Policy
AASA has maintained a consistent position that comprehensive federal policy is required to prevent future school violence.
May 27, 2022CDC Releases New Guidance and FAQs for K-12 and Overnight Camps
Today, the CDC released updated Operational Guidance for K-12 School and Early Care and Education Programs to Support Safe In-Person Learning.
May 25, 2022Updated Child Tax Credit Outreach Resources
There's still time for schools to help families claim the expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC)!
May 12, 2022AASA Joins Coalition Letter Asking Department of Labor to Stop or Delay Rulemaking on Overtime Pay
Today, AASA joined 94 organizations in a letter to Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh.
May 10, 2022Summer Nutrition Waivers Available for States
If you follow this blog, you are well aware of the fact that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) nationwide waiver authority to provide flexibilities to school nutrition programs expires on June 30 without further Congressional action.
May 03, 2022The Advocate May 2022: Biden Administration Focuses on Building Better Schools
The health of our school buildings has long been a major problem. The 2021 State of Our Schools Report from the 21st Century School Fund estimates that the U.S. is underinvesting in school buildings and grounds by $85 billion each year.
April 04, 2022EPA Announces Details for Electric School Bus Rebates
Today, the EPA held a webinar on their new $5 billion electric school bus program. In case you missed the presentation, you can find the slides and content here.
April 26, 2022AASA Joins Groups in Letter Supporting Biden Admin New Public Charge Rule
AASA joined 110 children’s advocacy and child-serving organizations in support of the Biden Administration’s new proposed rule on public charge.
April 22, 2022AASA Asks Congress to Invest in $3 Billion Title II, Part A
On April 21, AASA joined 51 education organizations in asking Congress to invest in retaining and recruiting teachers, principals and other school leaders by providing $3 billion in FY23 appropriations for the Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants program – Title II, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
April 18, 2022President Biden, USDA Forest Service Announce more than $238 Million to Support Rural Schools, Roads, Other Services
President Biden and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service announced the SRS funding to invest more than $238 million to support public schools, roads, and other municipal services through the Secure Rural Schools Program.
April 11, 2022AASA-Endorsed HERE Act Introduced
On Thursday, April 7, Representative Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA) introduced the Hispanic Educational Resources and Empowerment (HERE) Act.
April 07, 2022The Advocate April 2022: Child Nutrition Waivers
At the beginning of the pandemic, Congress granted the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) the authority to provide waivers for child nutrition programs to allow critical flexibilities for program operators to continue operations and feed children despite school closures and supply chain challenges.
April 04, 2022White House Announces Actions for Bolstering Clean School Infrastructure and Transportation to Support Student Learning and Health
Today, Vice President Kamala Harris announced the Biden-Harris Action Plan for Building Better School Infrastructure.
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April 11, 2023The Portrait of a SuperintendentType:
Webinar RecordingTopics: Advocacy & Policy District & School OperationsA Deep Dive into the Demographic Data from AASA 2022-23 Superintendent Salary and Benefit Survey
March 15, 2023CALL TO ACTION: Submit comments on the proposed updates to the school nutrition standards.Type:
Sample/TemplateTopics: Advocacy & Policy Health & WellnessOn February 3, USDA released a proposal to update the school nutrition standards to align with the 2020 Dietary Guidelines. It is critical that USDA hears the superintendent perspective on how these standards will impact their districts.
March 08, 2023Fully Funding IDEA InvoicesType:
Sample/TemplateTopics: Advocacy & Policy EquityReady to advocate for IDEA full funding? We've created these helpful invoices for you to fill out for your district.
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