AASA Analysis and Response: FY21 Omnibus and COVID Supplemental

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AASA Analysis and Response: FY21 Omnibus and COVID Supplemental

Earlier today Congress released the final text of its funding bill providing both annual appropriations and the fifth COVID supplemental.

Read AASA's letter to the hill.

Read AASA's memo to members.

Six National Education Groups Support Liability Protection for Schools

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Six National Education Groups Support Liability Protection for Schools

AASA joined five other national education organizations to re-up a letter to Capitol Hill calling for schools to be afforded the same liability protections offered to private employers. It mirrors a letter sent earlier in the summer, and weighs in on an issue that will be critical to helping schools be able to physically open without the unfair burden of undue litigation. Read the letter here.

Signing Groups Include:

  • AASA, The School Superintendents Association
  • Association of Educational Service Agencies
  • Association of School Business Officials International
  • National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • National School Boards Association 

 

 

FY21 IDEA Full Funding Letter

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FY21 IDEA Full Funding Letter

 
On December 1st, 2020, AASA and twenty-eight other allied organizations sent a letter to the Congressional Subcommittees on education funding urging leaders to provide the maximum increase possible in funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as part of a fair and proportional allocation for the final Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 LHHS‐Education appropriations bill.
 
The coalition – which represents over 6.8 million students with disabilities, their teachers, instructional support personnel, parents, school boards, and administrators – called on congressional leaders to provide no less than $14 billion for IDEA Part B, 684 million for Part B, $975 million for IDEA Part C, $254 million for IDEA Part D and $70 million for the Center for Special  Education Research. Thus, putting IDEA on a glide path to full funding.
 
AASA, which chairs the Coalition for IDEA full funding, was proud to lead this effort and continue advocating for a prioritized and meaningful investment in IDEA that does not negatively impact funding for other education programs. You can access the letter by clicking here.

Legislative Trend Report: Fall 2020

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Legislative Trend Report: Fall 2020

Today, December 2, 2020, AASA is proud to release the second iteration of our Legislative Trends Report as part of our continued effort to highlight the host of state legislative policies and emergency declarations made by governors and state boards of education in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This quarter's Legislative Trend Report was produced by American University Master’s of Education students, Kristen Menke, Kristy Silva, and Nicole Stohmann; and focuses on the enacted and proposed teacher preparation, recruitment, and retention policies that have moved throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The work for this report was informed by the American University Team's literature review and includes data from bi-partisan organizations, such as the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the Education Commission of the States (ECS). Moreover, the report overviews policies from states in the areas of teacher candidate clinical requirements, teacher licensure exam waivers, substitute teacher recruitment, and retention scholarships in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

AASA was proud to collaborate on this effort with the American University Master’s of Education program to produce a resource for school system leaders and educational advocates interested in understanding the state policy trends impacting LEAs teacher preparation, recruitment, and retention efforts during the 2020-21 school year. Please note that this report is not exhaustive, but rather, shows a snapshot of the current U.S. policy landscape. You can access the report by clicking here.

LFA Board to CDC Committee on Vaccine Priorities

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LFA Board to CDC Committee on Vaccine Priorities

As part of our work with the Learning First Alliance, this week, AASA sent a letter to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) committee on vaccine priorities requesting that school personnel – including teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, aides, food service and custodial workers, and principals – are a priority group once the administration of a COVID-19 vaccine begins. Specifically, the letter highlights the profound impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy and indicates that prioritizing school personnel for the initial distribution is critical for building public trust and reaching the vaccine target immunity goal.

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, American Federation of Teachers, American School Counselor Association, Consortium for School Networking, Learning Forward, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Education Association, National PTA, National School Boards Association, and National School Public Relations Association joined AASA in this effort. If you want to check out the full letter, then click here!
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