Advocacy & Policy Resources
March 01, 2019Medicaid 101 for School SuperintendentsType:
ReportTopics: Advocacy & Policy, Health & WellnessThis brief explores what Medicaid is, what it covers—in and out of school—and how school districts can leverage Medicaid to enhance school health services.
February 01, 2019Structural Inefficiencies in the School-Based Medicaid Program Disadvantage Small and Rural Districts and StudentsType:
ReportTopics: Advocacy & Policy, Health & WellnessEnsuring all children have access to the school and community services necessary to meet their comprehensive health needs is a serious challenge for school leaders and a community imperative.
March 01, 2018Tweeting for Legislative AdvocacyType:
ArticleTopics: Advocacy & Policy, Technology & AIThrough his Twitter account, a superintendent has built a valuable network to reach constituents and policymakers to influence pro-public schooling legislation.
January 01, 2018The Congressional Ban on Gun Violence ResearchType:
ArticleTopics: Advocacy & Policy, School Safety & CybersecurityEditorial from the 2018 Spring Journal of Scholarship and Practice
August 01, 2017School Reform Shortchanges Me: A Student's TakeType:
ArticleTopics: Advocacy & PolicyStudent writes open letter to Secretary DeVos.
August 01, 2017Our Perceptions of Education PolicyType:
ArticleTopics: Advocacy & PolicyState legislatures repackage and tweak burdensome ideas of the past rather than granting flexibility to localities under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
July 01, 2017Collective Impact: What Does It Mean for Educational Leaders?Type:
ArticleTopics: Advocacy & PolicyDue to local, state, and national accountability measures, school reform efforts have become critical of many legislative agendas.
May 01, 2017Public Loss Private Gain: How School Voucher Tax Shelters Undermine Public EducationType:
ReportTopics: Advocacy & Policy, District & School Operations, Finance & BudgetsA report exposing how state and federal tax policy promotes the privatization of education funding, while simultaneously draining public coffers to enable savvy taxpayers to turn a profit.
May 01, 2017Criminal Justice Policy is Education PolicyType:
ArticleTopics: Advocacy & Policy, EquityTwo Economic Policy Institute researchers on incarceration practices that directly bear on student outcomes.
April 01, 2017Noelle Ellerson Ng on Rural Schools AdvocacyType:
ArticleTopics: Advocacy & Policy, Rural CommunitiesThe association's federal policy work for a full third of the nation's schools.
April 01, 2017An Expanded Principle in Our AdvocacyTopics: Advocacy & Policy, Curriculum & Assessment, Technology & AIThe altered landscape in Washington heightens and broadens the advocacy role for AASA.
February 01, 2017FERPA's Collision With Social MediaType:
ArticleTopics: Advocacy & Policy, Technology & AIDefining students’ education records broadly presents compliance challenges in the smartphone era.
February 01, 2017Reconnecting Practitioner and PolicymakerType:
ArticleTopics: Advocacy & PolicyIf the new federal education act is to offer a pathway for meaningful school improvement, it must forge a real partnership between state education agencies and local leaders.
December 01, 2016Ready or Not: A Broader DefinitionType:
ArticleTopics: Advocacy & Policy, College- Career- and Life-ReadinessMeasuring the readiness gap between graduates who meet benchmarks and those who hold a college degree
December 01, 2016Fragmenting of Our Neighborhoods by School ChoiceType:
ArticleTopics: Advocacy & PolicyA superintendent laments the negative ramifications of parental choice on his Michigan school district.
November 01, 2016Federal Impact on Professional DevelopmentType:
ArticleTopics: Advocacy & Policy, Leadership DevelopmentThe passage of Every Student Succeeds Act opens up options for school districts to invest in teacher effectiveness, according to the executive director of Learning Forward.
October 01, 2016Facing the Facts: Why School Policies BackfireType:
ArticleTopics: Advocacy & PolicyAuthors of a new book finger the factors in a school district that lead to negative effects of well-intentioned efforts. Policy backfire, they say, is movement in the exact opposite direction of what was desired.
October 01, 2016Superintendent as AdvocateType:
ArticleTopics: Advocacy & PolicyHow you can influence federal education policy in as little as 15 minutes a month! AASA's associate executive director of policy and advocacy shares practical ways local education leaders can have an impact on legislation and funding proposals affecting students and schools.
October 01, 2016Never Hesitating to TestifyType:
ArticleTopics: Advocacy & PolicyLegislative advocacy brings multiple rewards
October 01, 2016A Day of Education Advocacy on the HillType:
ArticleTopics: Advocacy & PolicyThis is what a day looked like during Hill Day at AASA’s 2016 Legislative Advocacy Conference in July
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AASA's policy and advocacy blog, with up-to-date information about activities in Washington, DC.
December 08, 2023AASA Endorses New Bipartisan School Safety Legislation
AASA was excited to help craft and endorse new bipartisan school safety legislation called the Preparing Leaders to Assess Needs (PLAN) for School Safety Act (H.R. 6613).
December 06, 2023The Advocate December 2023: Critical Funding for Rural Schools
This month, we are focusing on two federal programs that are critical for rural schools across the country: Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) and the Secure Rural Schools (SRS).
November 30, 2023HHS Releases Proposed Rule on Head Start Staff Compensation, Benefits and More
Last week, HHS released a proposed rule on numerous aspects of Head Start. The headline of the rule is a significant increase to staff compensation.
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