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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  • FY21 IDEA Full Funding Letter December 3, 2020
    FY21 IDEA Full Funding Letter   On December 1st, 2020, AASA and twenty-eight other allied organizations sent a letter to the Congressional Subcommittees on education funding urging leaders to provide the maximum increase possible in funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) a
    Chris Rogers
  • Legislative Trend Report: Fall 2020 December 2, 2020
    Legislative Trend Report: Fall 2020 Today, December 2, 2020, AASA is proud to release the second iteration of our Legislative Trends Report as part of our continued effort to highlight the host of state legislative policies and emergency declarations made by governors and state boards of education in
    Chris Rogers
  • LFA Board to CDC Committee on Vaccine Priorities December 1, 2020
    LFA Board to CDC Committee on Vaccine Priorities As part of our work with the Learning First Alliance, this week, AASA sent a letter to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) committee on vaccine priorities requesting that school personnel – including teachers, specialized instructional support personnel
    Chris Rogers
  • States Push for 2021 Assessment Waivers November 23, 2020
    Are you looking to understand the arguments for and against a 2021 federal testing/assessment waiver, or learn which factors state and local policymakers believe will influence the Biden-Harris administration's stance on this issue? Then check out Education Week's Andrew Ujifusa latest article on the topic, States Push to Ditch or Downplay Standardized Tests During Virus […]
    Chris Rogers
  • GAO Report: Challenges Providing Services to K-12 English Learners and Students with Disabilities during COVID-19 November 20, 2020
    This month, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released their report, Distance Learning: Challenges Providing Services to K-12 English Learners and Students with Disabilities during COVID-19.  Specifically, this report overviews a review of relevant online learning plans, synchronous and asynchronous teaching policies (i.e., live and non-live teaching sessions), individualized education plans (IEP), and semi-structured interviews […]
    Chris Rogers
  • Guest Blog Post: Introducing District-level Dashboards to the National COVID-19 School Response Dashboard November 19, 2020
    District level findings from the COVID-19 School Response Dashboard.
    Chris Rogers
  • 18 National Organizations Call on Congress to Invest in Schools During Lame Duck November 16, 2020
    18 National Organizations Call on Congress to Invest in Schools During Lame Duck
    Jasmine Byrd
  • Biden Administration: What Can They Accomplish via EO? November 16, 2020
    Biden Administration: What Can They Accomplish via EO? As the odds of Democrats winning a majority of the Senate look highly unlikely, much of the conversation in D.C. has shifted to what the Biden Administration can accomplish via Executive Orders or through their administrative powers. Over the sum
    Jasmine Byrd
  • The Biden Administration: Civil Rights Guidance and Enforcement November 16, 2020
    The Biden Administration: Civil Rights Guidance and Enforcement As a lobbyist for AASA for most of the Obama Administration, I can state that one of the most frustrating aspects of working with the Obama/Duncan Administration was their penchant for issuing prescriptive guidance on a variety of issue
    Jasmine Byrd
  • The Biden Administration: Undoing the Title IX Regulations November 11, 2020
    The Biden Administration: Undoing the Title IX Regulations While the Biden Administration has said the Title IX regulations will quickly end when he’s elected—it’s not that simple. While they can tell schools that there will be no penalty from OCR or a potential loss of federal funds if they fail to c
    Jasmine Byrd

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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