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 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
April 19, 2023AASA Responds to Senate Request for Information About Education Sciences Reform Act
AASA sent a letter, joint between its advocacy team and the Student and Child Privacy Center, providing information about improving federal education research.
April 17, 2023Funds for 3 Federal School Safety Grants Still Available
There’s still time to apply for three U.S. Department of Justice school safety grants!
April 14, 2023GUEST POST: Reading, Writing, Arithmetic…And Relationship Health Education?
This guest blog post is brought to you by Amy S. Crumbaugh, director of Learning and Evaluation at the One Love Foundation.
April 13, 2023ED Issues Two New Guidance Docs on FERPA
April 06, 2023ED Issues Proposed Title IX Regulation for Transgender Students Athletic Participation
Today, the U.S. Department of Education released its proposed regulation on eligibility for male and female athletic teams under Title IX.
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.
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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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