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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  • The Advocate May 2021: Bring On the Broadband: Connectivity Post-COVID May 6, 2021
    The homework gap is/was perhaps one of education’s worst-kept secrets, a phenomenon by which nearly 12 million students were routinely unable to complete school assignments at home because of inadequate or non-existent access to broadband. The issue was blown wide open in the wake of the COVID pandemic: as schools shuttered and moved online, millions […]
    Chris Rogers
  • How to Best Meet the Needs of Homeless Students with ARP Funds May 5, 2021
    How to Best Meet the Needs of Homeless Students with ARP Funds Karen Barber, Superintendent of Schools, Santa Rosa County Public Schools, FL barberk@santarosa.k12.fl.us Marilyn King, Deputy Superintendent Instruction, Bozeman Public Schools, MT marilyn.king@bsd7.org Patricia Julianelle,
    Jasmine Byrd
  • Reinvesting and Rebounding: Where the Evidence Points for Accelerating Learning May 4, 2021
    Reinvesting and Rebounding: Where the Evidence Points for Accelerating Learning AASA, The Association of Education Service Agencies (AESA) and Corwin have released a new white paper, Reinvesting and Rebounding: Where the Evidence Points for Accelerating Learning. Specifically, the paper covers how in the
    Chris Rogers
  • Education Funding and Policy Details in American Families Plan April 28, 2021
    Education Funding and Policy Details in American Families Plan On Wednesday, President Biden detailed the major investments he hopes Congress will make in education in what he is calling the American Families Plan . Biden believes that “i nvesting in education is a down payment on the future of Ameri
    Jasmine Byrd
  • AASA Comments on EANS Program Implementation April 26, 2021
    AASA Comments on EANS Program Implementation On April 23, AASA led a letter signed by 15 other national education, disability and secular organizations to the U.S. Department of Education on the implementation of the American Rescue Plan’s Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS) program. Our
    Jasmine Byrd
  • School Construction, Air Quality and Federal Funding: What Supts Need to Know April 23, 2021
    School Construction, Air Quality and Federal Funding: What Supts Need to Know Deferred maintenance and indoor air quality concerns in school buildings are not new, but the global pandemic has heightened awareness of challenges related to both. When thoughtfully implemented, strategies to mitigate risk as
    Chris Rogers
  • American Superintendent 2020 Decennial Study Now Available April 23, 2021
    American Superintendent 2020 Decennial Study Now Available Copies of the American Superintendent 2020 Decennial Study, which examines historical and contemporary perspectives of our nation’s school system leaders, are now available through AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and Rowman & Li
    Chris Rogers
  • Summer Learning and Enrichment National Convening April 26 & April 27, 2021 April 22, 2021
    Summer Learning and Enrichment National Convening April 26 & April 27, 2021 On  April 26th from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT and on April 27th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET), the U.S. Dept. of Education is hosting the Summer Learning & Enrichment Collaborative National Convening . Specifically,
    Chris Rogers
  • ED Releases Interim Final Rule on American Rescue Plan Funding April 21, 2021
    ED Releases Interim Final Rule on American Rescue Plan Funding As a requirement for receiving the remaining American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds, the U.S. Department of Education will be requiring LEAs to develop and submit to SEAS a plan for the use of the ARP dollars as well as how they will ensure a
    Jasmine Byrd
  • USDA Extends School Meal flexibilities to June 2022 April 21, 2021
    On April 20, 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a broad set of flexibilities and nationwide waivers to promote safety and social distancing in the federal school meal programs as local education agencies continue to transition to in-person learning during the 2021-22 school year.
    Chris Rogers

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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