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 01, 2023The Advocate February 2023 - Defending Public Education
Public education is under attack. There is no denying that state capitals are being inundated with organizations and individuals who may be promoting “school choice” or the funding of “students not systems” but who have more dangerous goals.
January 09, 2023Upcoming Child Tax Credit Webinar: Jan 19
Please join the Coalition on Human Needs, Partnership for America's Children, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Code for America.
December 22, 2022Congress Nears Final FY23 Appropriations Package
Federal fiscal year 2023 started on October 1, runs through September 30, 2023, and includes federal dollars that will be in your schools for the 23-24 school year.
December 19, 2022AASA and CASE File Amicus in Perez v. Sturgis
Next month, the U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing a critically important case that could determine the future of special education litigation in school districts known as Perez v. Sturgis Public Schools.
December 15, 2022USED - Office of Safe and Supportive Schools Announces Mental Health Service Professional Demonstration Grant
The Office of Safe and Supportive Schools is excited to announce that over $99M in funding is available for the Mental Health Service Professional Demonstration Grant Program.
December 13, 2022Dept of Ed Introduces Spring 2023 Teach to Lead Summit
U.S. Department of Education’s Spring 2023 Teach to Lead Summit, titled “Raising the Bar: In Pursuit of Equitable Opportunities Through Expanded Student Experiences and the Diversifying of the Educator Pipeline,” is an in-person convening March 10-12 in Atlanta, a collaboration effort called Teach to Lead.
December 09, 2022Dear Colleague from Deputy Secretary Marten on Using Federal Funds to Support STEM Education Strategies
On December 6, Deputy Secretary of Education Cindy Marten released a Dear Colleague letter to help State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and their partners better understand how to use Federal funds to support innovative, equity-focused pre-kindergarten through grade 12 STEM education strategies.
December 08, 2022ED Releases New ESSER FAQ Document
On December 7, ED released non-binding guidance that answers long-awaited questions from the field about how ESSER funding can be spent.
December 01, 2022Webinar Recap: Making the Most of Your ESSER Funds: Halftime Reflections & Revisions
This week, we were thrilled to partner with EducationCounsel and Education Resource Strategies for our webinar presentation: "Making the Most of Your ESSER Funds: Halftime Reflections & Revisions"
December 01, 2022New Dept of Energy Grants Available to K-12 Schools
This week, the Department of Energy kicked off an $80 million grant program for critical energy upgrades in America’s highest-need K-12 school facilities.
November 30, 2022The Advocate December 2022: Looking Ahead Post-Midterms
The 118th Congress will be another divided governing body with Democrats controlling the Senate and Republicans re-taking the House.
November 29, 2022AASA Urges Inclusion of Child Nutrition Provisions in FY23 Spending Bill
Today, AASA sent a letter to Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Ranking Member John Boozman (R-AR) urging them to include critical child nutrition provisions in the FY23 appropriations package.
November 18, 2022Webinar Recap: Re-Building Student Supports for Pandemic Impacted Times: Student Success Systems and the GRAD Partnership
We had a blast talking about Student Success Systems with the Everyone Graduates Center at John Hopkins University.
November 15, 2022USDA Launches $50 Million Grant Program For Schools & Food Industry to Work Together to Strengthen School Meals
Last week, USDA launched a $50 million grant opportunity to support collaboration with the food industry to develop nutritious, appetizing school meals for students.
November 16, 2022Congress Asks Cardona for Late Liquidation Guidance
This week, members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary Cardona urging the Department to issue guidance on how school districts can utilize late liquidation flexibility under the American Rescue Plan.
Latest Advocacy & Policy Resources
January 26, 2023Using Data: Where to Start?Type:
Webinar RecordingTopics: Advocacy & Policy District & School OperationsA how-to for school and district leaders to use data to their advantage.
January 05, 2023Obtaining Parental Consent to Bill MedicaidType:
ReportTopics: Advocacy & Policy District & School Operations Health & WellnessIn December, AASA, along with the National Alliance for Medicaid in Education (NAME) and the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA) surveyed district leaders and school-based Medicaid leads at the LEA and ESA level to better understand the impact of the U.S. Department of Education’s current parental consent regulation on the school-based Medicaid program.
December 20, 2022AASA Quarterly Federal Policy Update - WinterType:
Webinar RecordingTopics: Advocacy & PolicyAASA members will be walked through the latest federal funding and policy changes, including the upcoming SCOTUS case Perez v. Sturgis; December USDOE ESSER FAQ; and leadership changes in Congress.
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