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.
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.
May 17, 2023ED Takes Steps to Remove Medicaid Consent Burden For Districts
Today ED released its notice of proposed rulemaking on IDEA’s § 300.154 which requires districts to obtain parental consent for billing Medicaid for any IDEA related services they provide to a Medicaid eligible child.
May 17, 2023AASA Submits Comments on Proposed Title IX Athletics Rule
On Monday, AASA submitted comments on the Education Department’s proposed Title IX rule on athletics eligibility.
May 16, 2023AASA Signs Letter Opposing NDD Cuts
AASA joined more than 760 organizations in a letter to Congress expressing concern with calls from some for very deep cuts in non-defense programs.
May 15, 2023Dept of Ed Opens Grant Applications for Fostering Diverse Schools Demonstration
Last week, the Department of Education opened applications for the Fostering Diverse Schools Demonstration grants program.
May 15, 2023Dept of Ed Updates Guidance on Constitutionally Protected Prayer and Religious Expression in K-12 Schools
The updated guidance comes after the Supreme Court's decision in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District.
May 11, 2023ED Releases ESSER II Liquidation Template
On Friday, ED released a document with more details on the late liquidation process for ESSER II.
May 09, 2023AASA Submits Comments on USDA to Lower CEP Eligibility Threshold
Yesterday, AASA in partnership with ASBO, submitted comments in support of USDA's proposed rule to lower the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) eligibility threshold from 40 to 25.
May 09, 2023Resources on Implementing Non-Congregate Meal Service in Rural Areas
Our friends at No Kid Hungry have developed resources to help eligible districts and community based organizations implement non-congregate meal service in rural areas.
May 05, 2023AASA Submits Comments on Proposed Update to the School Nutrition Standards
Our comments expressed deep concerns with the impact of the proposed standards on the palatability of school meals and therefore student participation in school meal programs.
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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