Federal Issues | Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators

While a great deal of our time is spent focusing on state policy, MASA does closely follow meaningful developments in education policy at the national level.  The Government Relations staff at MASA work closely with our national counterparts at the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) to monitor federal legislation and developments within the U.S. Department of Education.

The resources below have been compiled to keep you informed about federal issues.

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  • January 17, 2020 January 17, 2020
    Lead and Copper Rule Extended through February 12, 2020.
    Chris Rogers
  • January 16, 2020 January 16, 2020
    AASA and Allied Organizations Offer Letter in Support to US ED NPRM on the TEACH Grant program. On January 10, 2020, AASA and 17 other allied organizations submitted a letter in support of the Department of Education's proposed regulatory changes to the Teacher Education Assistance for College
    Chris Rogers
  • January 14, 2020 January 14, 2020
    New SRSA grant application process.
    Chris Rogers
  • January 13, 2020 January 13, 2020
    AASA Leads Group Letter to Congress on Vaping Legislation Today AASA along with our partners at the National Association of Secondary School Principals led a letter to the House of Representatives urging support for HR 2339, The Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act.  We felt it was important to
    Sasha Pudelski
  • January 5, 2019 January 3, 2020
    January Advocate: Federal Education Funding Set for 20-21 School Year   Before the holiday break, the President signed H.R. 1865, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of FY20 into law. The bill and its provisions fund the federal government for F720 which runs from Oct 1, 2019 thru September 30, 2020.
    Sasha Pudelski
  • December 17, 2019 December 17, 2019
    FY20 Funding Bill Is Finalized On December 16, Congress released H.R. 1865, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of FY20. The bill and its provisions fund the federal government for F720 which runs from Oct 1, 2019 thru September 30, 2020. FY20 dollars will be in schools during the 2020-2021 school y
    Sasha Pudelski
  • December 16, 2019 December 16, 2019
    AASA Urges House To Support SALT-D Bill Today AASA sent a letter to the House of Representatives in advance of their vote to reinstate the  state and local tax (SALT) deduction cap for 2020 and 2021. You can read our letter here. 
    Sasha Pudelski
  • December 12, 2019 December 12, 2019
    FASFA Simplification Bill Moves Forward One of AASA's priorities for the Higher Education Act reauthorization is simplifying the Free Application for  Student Financial Assistance (FASFA). Superintendents believe that students, particularly our low-income students, struggled with obtaining tax informatio
    Sasha Pudelski
  • December 11, 2019(1) December 11, 2019
    AASA Advocates For Federal Policies to Curb Youth Vaping As early as next week legislation may be sent to President Trump that would raise the age of purchasing tobacco from 18 to 21. This important policy change is hopefully the first and not the only step Congress will take to address the youth vapin
    Sasha Pudelski
  • December 11, 2019 December 11, 2019
    FCC Order on E-Rate Category 2 Funds Published Last week, the FCC released its long awaited order on the E-Rate category 2 formula. It was an expected decision, but not one that we wanted. The Commission agreed to make permanent the formula-based funding distribution method for category 2, which provid
    Sasha Pudelski

The NREAC is made up of state and national organizations concerned about educational opportunities for children who live in the rural areas of the United States. The documents from AASA were written to state the need for the organization and state the founding conditions and agreements that were reached by those organizations that participated in that process.

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  • Library of Congress – The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress.
    • THOMAS – Run by the Library of Congress, this web site will allow you to search for pieces of legislation by key word, bill number or cosponsor for Congressional sessions dating back to 1989, the 101st Congressional Session.
  • Supreme Court – Official webpage of the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • The White House – Official webpage of the White House. Here is a direct link to the White House Education page.
  • U.S. Department of Education – The official website of the U.S. Department of Education. Here is a direct link to the No Child Left Behind webpage, the most recent reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
    • This linkwill take you to information for your high school students on the new Federal Student Aid Application.
  • U.S. House of Representatives – Find your member and track legislation.
  • U.S. Senate – Find your Senators and track legislation.

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