April 25, 2019

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Sandy Hook-AASA Webinar on STOP School Violence Funding

Yesterday, AASA and Sandy Hook Promise presented a webinar titled Federal Funding for Districts to Improve School Safety: A Primer on the STOP School Violence Act. In case you weren't able to join us and get this great information and technical assistance about this federal grant opportunity you can download the presentation at this link. 

In addition, here are some additional resources provided by our presenter Katrina Velasquez, Esq., M.A., Center Road Solutions, L.L.C., which you may also find useful

1. All the RFPs for the STOP School Violence Act grant portion that is funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and focuses on mental health training, threat assessment, anonymous reporting/technology

RFP on Prevention & Mental Health Training: https://www.bja.gov/funding/STOPMHT19.pdf

RFP on Threat Assessment & Anonymous Reporting Systems: https://www.bja.gov/funding/Stoptech19.pdf

RFP on Training & Technical Assistance Center:  https://www.bja.gov/funding/STOPTTA19.pdf

2. The RFP for the COPS side of the STOP School Violence Act grant program which focuses on law enforcement training/coordination and security infrastructure: https://cops.usdoj.gov/svpp


April 15, 2019(1)


Rural Matters Podcast: Rural Healthcare

Our friends at the Rural Matters podcast have shared their latest episode, focused on challenges facing rural health care providers. Give it a listen!

Synopsis: Michelle chats with Barbara Yawn (“Dr. Barbara”), family physician and clinical researcher in the rural space and Eric VanStone, founder and principal of Rural Medical Education Collaborative, a divisions of Talem Health, about the challenges facing rural health care providers today, including delivering care to patients without immediate access to care, particularly specialty care. Providers need to learn how to deliver care in a way they may not be used to, Yawn points out. That might include how to provide more with less, for example, through telehealth. One of the ways to engage busy rural primary clinicians about what’s happening today in health care is to make sure the information provided is practical and useful for both them and their patients, says Yawn. In general, VanStone and Yawn notes, rural residents have higher rates of chronic diseases, including COPD, oncology, and diabetes, and mental illness than their urban counterparts. That requires a different population health approach, she says. For example, the environmental factors affecting rural patients might be quite different than those affecting urban patients. It’s critically important Yawn to provide preventative care in the rural setting. Finally, VanStone notes, all the medical education his collaborative provides on a complimentary basis. Access the episode.

April 15, 2019

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New PEP Talk Episode: Education Superhighway's Evan Marwell

We are pleased to share the latest episode of PEP Talk, AASA's Education Policy Podcast. In this episode, we talk with Evan Marwell, founder and CEO of Education Superhighway. Evan and Noelle talk everything from E-Rate to connectivity and everything in between. We were pleased to chat with Evan, and want to also link to our latest and most updated E-Rate resources landing page.

April 9, 2019

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Contact Info for USED Office of State and Grantee Relations

AS part of the Trump administration's reorganization of the US Education Department (USED), they reorganized the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) to include a new Office of State and Grantee Relations (SGR). In a communication to state chiefs of education, USED wrote,

"SGR will serve as the primary point of contact for all grantees and stakeholders for concerns related to OESE and its programs.  SGR will provide high-quality customer service to you as grantees and stakeholders, while simultaneously developing a greater understanding of the relevant education issues at your regional, State and local level.  SGR will also actively explore new strategies for better outreach, communications and conveyance of information from OESE to its grantees... As the single point of contact, SGR will provide customer service to all of OESE’s grantees and external stakeholders, including State Education Agencies (SEAs).  SGR will answer your questions, coordinate resources to address complex issues, and connect you to technical assistance within OESE and throughout the Department."

USED included an SGR contact list with email addresses and staff assignments. Unlike the traditional state mailboxes you may have used in the past, these state mailboxes will also be available for use by any grantee in that state—SEAs, local education agencies, discretionary grantees that operate separately from an SEA, etc.  Please send your inquiries to the state mailbox that corresponds to your State using the format [statename].OESE@ed.gov (for example, Michigan.OESE@ed.gov).  Of course, you are always welcome to use the general SGR email address or phone line at any time for any request.


  • SGR General Mailbox: SGR@ED.GOV
  • SGR General Phone: 202-453-5563


April 5, 2019


AASA Proud to Partner on Policymaker's Guide to Student Privacy

AASA was pleased to partner with our friends at Future of Privacy Forum, who led an effort to pen the now released Policymaker's Guide to Student Data Privacy! The guide is designed as a tool for the creators of new laws, rules, standards, and other policies. The guide is a sorely-needed resource for federal, state and local policymakers interested in developing thoughtful student data privacy legislation. States have passed more than 113 student privacy laws since 2013. As various policymaking organizations continue to consider new laws, rules, policies, and other safeguards for student data, this guide is intended to serve as a resource to aid and inform those efforts.

By providing a comprehensive overview of student privacy issues, the guide is a jumping off point for policymakers looking to craft or update laws addressing student privacy. It covers existing federal laws as well as the broad approaches that have been taken at the state level, including the types of policy approaches that have caused unintended consequences. Additionally, the guide addresses specific student privacy issue areas that are commonly addressed by policymakers such as school safety, third party data use, transparency, and parental rights. 

Policymakers at the local, state, and federal level must work together with parents, educators, administrators, district officials, and edtech vendors in order to create a thoughtful, and workable, approach to student privacy that avoids duplicative effort. 
The guide was written collaboratively with an Advisory Council of other student privacy experts from the following organizations: Data Quality Campaign, National School Boards Association, Council of Chief State School Officers, National Association of State Boards of Education, National Conference of State Legislatures, AASA – The School Superintendents Association, and Alliance for Excellent Education.

April 2 ,2019

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AASA Joins NSBA And Others In Amicus Brief For SCOTUS Case On Immigration Question In Census

AASA joined with the national organizations representing public school leaders in a joint amicus brief for the Department of Commerce v. State of New York court case, set to go before the Supreme Court and related to the inclusion of an immigration-related question in the census. The education groups filed a brief that included, in part, an emphasis on the importance of accurate census data and the critical role it plays in ensuring that federal resources are distributed as intended and to true areas of need. As written in the summary: "In the area of public education alone, an inaccurate census count could impact billions of dollars flowing to vulnerable population groups in the parts of the country most in need." Read the full brief here.

Our friends at NSBA spearheaded the effort, and we were joined by the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the Association of School Business Officials International. 

April 2, 2019(1)

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PEP Talk Podcast Featuring NAFIS' Leslie Finnan

Earlier this year, AASA launched Public Education Policy (PEP) Talk, a podcast to highlight anything and everything that could be edu-policy related and interesting, tied into AASA's education policy and advocacy work.

You can check out all our episodes to date here, and today we want to highlight the latest episode, featuring a guest with a name near and dear to AASA: Leslie Finnan, stopping by in her new role as the head of advocacy and policy at the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools (NAFIS). We loved getting the chance to catch up with our former teammate and always public ed advocate.

April 2, 2019


AASA Signs Coalition Letter Urging Higher Allocation for LHHS-Education Appropriations Bills

AASA joined more than 500 organizations in a joint letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leadership urging a bigger allocation for the FY 2020 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations.  The letter was signed by 550 organizations that support investments in the bill’s many programs.  AASA joined the letter through our work with the Committee for Education Funding (CEF). CEF helps lead this letter annually with the Coalition for Health Funding, the Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce, and the Coalition on Human Needs.