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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  • December 10, 2019(1) December 10, 2019
    Template for the LCR rule.
    Chris Rogers
  • December 10, 2019 December 9, 2019
    AASA Urges Senate Committee To Support SRS On Thursday the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will be voting on S.430 To Extend Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. We sent this letter urging everyone on the Committee to support the bill and urging for its inclusion in the
    Sasha Pudelski
  • December 6, 2019 December 6, 2019
    AASA endorses the Diversify Act to address the ongoing national teacher shortage.  
    Chris Rogers
  • December 5, 2019 December 5, 2019
    In this month's Advocate, AASA announces its position on the impending notice of proposed rulemaking to the Lead and Copper Pipe Rule (LCR)
    Chris Rogers
  • December 3, 2019 December 4, 2019
    Call 1-800 Line And Request More IDEA Funding AASA is proud to co-chair the IDEA Full Funding Coalition and increasing IDEA funding is our organization's top federal priority. As negotiations on appropriations come to a close this week we are excited that a few of our coalition partners have created a 1-
    Sasha Pudelski
  • November 27, 2019 November 27, 2019
    AASA Organizes Letter Advocating for More IDEA Funding AASA is proud to co-chair the IDEA Full Funding Coalition, a coalition of education and disability groups that advocate for the full funding of IDEA. Yesterday, AASA sent a letter on behalf of the coalition to Senate appropriators urging them to work
    Sasha Pudelski
  • November 26, 2019(1) November 25, 2019
    Congress Makes Progress on Appropriations But Concerns Remain On Saturday, Appropriations leaders reached agreement on totals for each of the 12 FY 2020 funding bills, paving the way for Congress to pass as many of those bills as possible in the next four weeks.  The 12 bill allocations, known as the
    Sasha Pudelski
  • November 26, 2019 November 25, 2019
    AASA Endorses Homework Gap Legislation AASA is pleased to endorse legislation introduced by Rep. Grace Meng which would create a $100 million grant program for schools to purchase mobile hotspots to help close the nation’s homework gap. The bill,  Closing the Homework Gap Through Mobile Hotspots Act
    Sasha Pudelski
  • November 19, 2019(1) November 19, 2019
    AASA Files Testimony in Senate Energy Committee In light of an important hearing being held by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on the future funding of the Secure Rural Schools program AASA submitted the following testimony to the Committee arguing for an immediate extension of funding
    Sasha Pudelski
  • November 19, 2019 November 19, 2019
    AASA Submits Comments to FTC on COPPA Today AASA submitted comments to the FTC on proposed changes to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). If not amended the FTC proposal could pose major administrative obstacles for school districts.The proposed rule would guarantee a number of rights
    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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