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.
March 23, 2023Advocacy Update on House Voucherizing Title I
Today, for the first time in over a decade the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on whether to transform Title I into a voucher program.
March 22, 2023Significant SCOTUS Decision on Perez v. Sturgis
In January, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in a special education case out of Michigan known as Perez v. Sturgis Public Schools. This week the Court decided that individuals who have entered into a settlement resolving their IDEA claims can also pursue monetary damages against school districts under the Americans with Disabilities Act without exhausting the administrative process under IDEA.
March 22, 2023USDA Releases Proposed Rule to Lower CEP Threshold
On March 22, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a proposed rule to expand access to the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) by lowering the minimum identified student percentage (ISP) participation threshold from 40 percent to 25 percent.
March 22, 2023Understanding The Floor Vote for HR5: The Parents Bill of Rights
In just over two weeks, the H.R. 5, the Parents Bill of Rights Act (PBOR), a bill intended to give parents more control over their child’s education - was reintroduced, marked up, and passed out of the House Education and Workforce Committee.
March 15, 2023Highlighting ESSER Success
The Coalition to Advance Future Student Success (AASA is a member) is eager to elevate the stories of how COVID-19 relief funds are making an impact across the country.
March 14, 2023Parents Bill of Rights Passes Education Committee
On Wednesday, the House Education & Workforce Committee passed H.R.5, The Parents Bill of Rights.
March 10, 2023President Biden Releases FY24 Budget Proposal
Earlier this week, President Biden released his FY24 budget proposal. FY 24 runs from October 1, 2023 through September 30, 2024; FY24 funding will be in schools for the 24-25 school year.
March 06, 2023AASA and FRAC Host CEP Kickoff Webinar
AASA and FRAC are co-hosting a CEP Kickoff Webinar for schools and districts considering adopting community eligibility for the 2023-2024 school year.
March 02, 2023USDA Released Implementation Guidance for Non-Congregate Meal Service in Rural Areas
On March 1, USDA released implementation guidance for a permanent, non-congregate meal service through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Seamless Summer Option (SSO) for rural areas with no congregate meal service.
March 01, 2023The Advocate March 2023 - Medicaid Unwinding
There is a major health care coverage change happening that will impact students in your districts who currently rely on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for health insurance.
February 24, 2023NCE Rewind - Advocacy Presentations
We have a list of presentations brought to you by your advocacy team at NCE.
February 13, 2023"Politics in Schools" Webinar and Resources
On February 7, the RAND Corporation hosted a webinar on political polarization in schools.
February 13, 20232023 NCE Advocacy Events
AASA’s policy and advocacy team invites you to journey with them into the weeds of federal education policy at the national conference in San Antonio.
February 09, 2023USDA Issues Proposed Updates to Nutrition Standards
On February 3, USDA issued a new proposal to update the nutrition standards to align with the 2020 Dietary Guidelines.
February 08, 2023ASCA Report: Administrators and School Counselors
On February 8, the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) released a new report on district administrators’ understanding of school counseling, familiarity with the ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling and other issues.
Latest Advocacy & Policy Resources
March 17, 2023CALL TO ACTION: Submit comments on the proposed updates to the school nutrition standards.Type:
Sample/TemplateTopics: Advocacy & Policy Health & WellnessOn February 3, USDA released a proposal to update the school nutrition standards to align with the 2020 Dietary Guidelines. It is critical that USDA hears the superintendent perspective on how these standards will impact their districts.
March 08, 2023Fully Funding IDEA InvoicesType:
Sample/TemplateTopics: Advocacy & Policy EquityReady to advocate for IDEA full funding? We've created these helpful invoices for you to fill out for your district.
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.
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