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.
September 21, 2023CALL TO ACTION: FY24 Appropriations
In the ultimate game of ‘will they or won’t they’, we once again find ourselves with a Congress that is unable to reliably complete its only Constitutionally-required task: funding the government.
September 19, 2023Forward Progress on ARP Liquidation
Yesterday, ED released a letter to States advising them that they would begin the process of allowing States to apply for late liquidation funds this fall.
September 19, 2023AASA ARP Committee Resources
AASA’s ARP committee convened during the COVID pandemic to be a voice from the field about districts were doing and needed in response to COVID.
September 14, 2023AASA Outlines Position on Ed Bills Ahead of Committee Markup
September 14, 2023USED Issues Dear Colleague Letter on Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness
USED Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Programs Adam Schott wrote a Dear Colleague letter to Chief State School Officers with recommendations for the use of ARP funds to support students experiencing homelessness.
September 12, 2023AASA Joins ASBO and NSBA in Letter on Health Insurance
AASA joined ASBO and NSBA in a joint letter responding to a recent proposal from HHS, DOL and Treasury.
September 08, 2023Town Hall Event on Personnel Shortages in Special Education
September 08, 2023Biden Administration Releases Proposed Changes to Overtime Rule
Earlier this month, the Department of Labor released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking altering the overtime pay regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
August 31, 2023Guest Post: Food - The Most Essential School Supply
This guest blog post is brought to you by Laura Hatch, Senior Director of Policy & Partnerships at FoodCorps
August 30, 2023USDA Webinar: Child Nutrition Updates for Education Stakeholders
Join AASA, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and other education partners on Friday, September 15 at 1:00p.m. ET to learn how districts can support successful implementation of new programs to ensure students have access to the meals they need all year around.
August 28, 2023The Advocate September 2023: School District Spending of the American Rescue Plan Report
One of the pillars of AASA’s advocacy on behalf of superintendents is its commitment to always represent the views of the organization’s members no matter if they’re good, bad or ugly on Capitol Hill.
August 25, 2023USDA Publishes Child Nutrition Program Integrity Final Rule
On Wednesday, August 23, USDA published a final rule on program integrity to ensure that child nutrition programs are properly operated and managed to protect federal funds and taxpayer dollars.
August 24, 2023Guest Post: Making the Most of Your Summer Fun(ds)— Summer’s Almost Over: What Next?
This is the fourth installment of the Summer Funds series with AASA President Gladys Cruz.
August 17, 2023Biden Administration Launches School Safety Awareness Campaign
The Biden administration wants to make school safety a top priority as classes resume across the country.
August 17, 2023USED Report: State and District Use of Title II, Part A Funds in 2021–22
The Department of Education has shared their new report, with information collected annually through surveys of both State and local educational agencies (LEAs) to determine how States and districts use Title II, Part A program funds.
Latest Advocacy & Policy Resources
August 23, 2023School District Spending of American Rescue Plan FundingType:
ReportTopics: Advocacy & Policy, Finance & BudgetsAASA surveyed district leaders about how they're using American Rescue Plan (ARP) and other federal COVID-19 relief funding to address pandemic-related student learning recovery.
July 25, 2023The School Administrator’s Title IX Gameplan for the New School YearType:
Webinar RecordingTopics: Advocacy & PolicyLearn how school districts can be prepared to implement Title IX in the 23-24 school year.
June 06, 2023The New Medicaid Rules for SchoolsType:
Webinar RecordingTopics: Advocacy & PolicyUnderstanding the Historic, New Guide to Revamp Medicaid Billing in School Districts
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