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.

United States Senate

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-MI

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Sen. Gary Peters, D-MI

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United States House of Representatives

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  • Important Resources on Student Data Privacy during COVID-19 April 2, 2020
    Important Resources on Student Data Privacy during COVID-19 Our friends at the Future of Privacy Forum wanted us to flag the following resources for school leaders on student data privacy that may be helpful to be aware of right now.   FPF published  a wiki of COVID-19 privacy resources  that in
    Jasmin Byrd
  • AASA Partners with National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) for COVID Webinar March 30, 2020
    AASA Partners with National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) for COVID Webinar Join us and our friends at NAPT for an advocacy update on what the latest COVID emergency supplemental means for education. Many are saying the $2+ Trillion stimulus package the president signed into law last Fri
    Stephanie St Johns
  • Report of Initial Findings: COVID Impact on Public Schools March 27, 2020
    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic impacting the nation and forcing the shutdown and response of school districts nation-wide, AASA launched a nation-wide survey of superintendents to gather real time data on how schools are responding, the information and resources they are relying on and still need, and to begin to understand what the long-term […]
    Chris Rogers
  • USDA Offers Nationwide Waiver to Allow Parents & Guardians to Pick Up Meals for Children March 26, 2020
    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a nationwide waiver that will enable districts - in a state with an approved waiver for non-congregate meal distribution - to serve meals to a parent/guardian without a child being present.
    Chris Rogers
  • AASA Urges USDA to Issue Broad Waivers to Provide Administrative Flexibilities Under the School Meals Programs March 26, 2020
    AASA joins 51 organizations in sending a letter to the United States Department of Agriculture, requesting that the agency issue additional nationwide waivers to ensure access to meals during the COVID-19 pandemic and ease the administrative burden on school districts and state child nutrition agencies.
    Chris Rogers
  • Senate Passes $2T Stimulus Package March 26, 2020
    On March 26, 2020, the Senate unanimously passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. AASA will have a full analysis of the CARES Act once it passes the House (Vote expected Friday). In the meantime, here is a preliminary rundown of what to expect, in terms of education, from the massive deal. […]
    Chris Rogers
  • AASA Signs Letter Urging a Halt to Title IX Changes March 25, 2020
    AASA Signs Letter Urging a Halt to Title IX Changes AASA joins more than 200 education, victims rights, and civil rights groups in a letter imploring the Trump administration to stop the proposed changes to Title IX.  This letter , spearheaded by the National Women's Law Center, requests that the adm
    Stephanie St Johns
  • AASA Advocacy in Action: COVID Update March 24, 2020
    AASA Advocacy in Action: COVID Update The advocacy team has been working with our peers in other education associations on multiple fronts related to COVID and Congressional emergency response. Here’s a quick recap: We responded with six other national organizations to a Senate proposal tha
    Stephanie St Johns
  • 7 National Organizations Urge Senate to Provide Remote Learning Support via E-Rate March 24, 2020
    7 National Organizations Urge Senate to Provide Remote Learning Support via E-Rate  Seven national education organizations issued a joint statement as Congress works to finalize its latest COVID emergency supplemental: “At a time when our nation’s school leaders and educators are doing unparalleled
    Stephanie St Johns
  • ED Issues Guidance on FAPE During COVID-19 March 23, 2020
    ED Issues Guidance on FAPE During COVID-19 Over the weekend, the U.S. Department of Education issued important guidance on how to comply with IDEA during COVID-19.  This guidance was in response to legitimate concerns voiced by AASA members that they have been reluctant to provide any distance inst
    Stephanie St Johns

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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