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 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.
May 05, 2023The Advocate May 2023 - Detailing the Debt Ceiling Debate
As we kick off May, the ticking policy time bomb getting all the attention in Washington D.C. is the debt ceiling.
May 03, 2023Guest Post: Making the Most of Your Summer Fun(ds)
This guest blog post was written by AASA President-Elect 2022-23 Gladys Cruz about leveraging ARP dollars for afterschool or summer programs.
April 28, 2023Dept of Ed Seeking Recommendations for Nominees to Serve Regional Agency Committees for Educational Needs
Secretary Cardona is seeking recommendations for nominees to serve on Regional Advisory Committees, (RACs).
April 28, 2023Student Data and Privacy Testimony at Congressional Hearing
Amelia Vance, director of AASA’s Student and Child Privacy Center, testified before the Subcommittee on Innovation, Data, and Commerce of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
April 26, 2023Apply by May 26: New School Nutrition Grant Program for Small and Rural Districts
The Healthy Meal Incentives Grant Program for small and rural school food authorities (SFAs) is now open. Deadline to apply is May 26.
April 20, 2023Education Groups Call on Congress To Raise Debt Ceiling, Avoid Education Cuts
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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