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.
February 21, 2024OCR Releases New Section 504 Guidance
This week, the Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education released four new resource documents to “inform students with disabilities, and their families and schools, about their legal rights under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.”
February 12, 2024DOE Efficient and Healthy Schools Program For Rural and Underserved Districts
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has developed the Efficient and Healthy Schools Program to provide 1:1 technical assistance support for rural and underserved schools to improve energy performance and indoor air quality.
February 08, 2024AASA Asks Congress to Protect Education Funding in FY24 Appropriations
AASA sent a letter to Congress urging them (again) to protect education investments in FY24.
February 08, 2024Guest Post from the National College Attainment Network (NCAN): Class of 2024 Faces FAFSA Hurdles; How Do We Help Them Leap Over?
The new FAFSA roll out has been off to a rocky start. Here's what you need to know.
February 08, 2024Join Us at the NCE 5K Fun Run/Walk
We’re looking forward to seeing you at this year’s AASA National Conference on Education.
February 08, 2024Guest Post: NCES Data and Your District
Today’s guest blog post comes from the team at the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
February 07, 2024IDEA Full Funding Coalition Sends FY24 Letter to Congress
AASA is proud to co-chair the IDEA Full Funding Coalition.
February 07, 2024FY24 Appropriations Update
This update comes from the Committee For Education Funding. AASA is a proud member of the coalition and serves on the CEF Board.
February 01, 2024The Advocate February 2024: Advocacy at NCE!
AASA's Advocacy Team is excited to see you in San Diego! Here is a breakdown of all the great content we have planned for you.
January 25, 2024Cardona Issues New Resource for District and School Leaders on Importance of Safe Firearm Storage
Today at a White House town hall that AASA attended, Secretary Cardona and First Lady Jill Biden held a town hall with school principals to elevate the importance of safe firearms storage.
January 24, 2024Important Reminder: Additional Time is Available for Districts to Spend Down ESSER III
AASA has heard from superintendents who would like to extend the timeline for spending ARP dollars and we are excited to share that USED has officially put in place a process for liquidation.
January 22, 2024USED Releases National Education Technology Plan
Earlier today, USED released its 2024 National Educational Technology Plan.
January 18, 2024Ready-to-go Template for Supporting Wi-Fi & Hot Spots in E-Rate
This call to action is about Wi-Fi and hotspots for home connectivity, and we’ve set up this blog post to be your one-stop shop to getting your comments filed.
January 18, 2024Guest Post: Making the Most of Your Summer Fun(ds)— Planning Engaging Enrichment
This is the eighth installment of the Summer Funds series with AASA President Gladys Cruz.
January 09, 2024NCE Run Fun/Walk: Join Me on the Embarcadero!
I interrupt our regularly scheduled policy content for this fun fitness opportunity at NCE.
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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