8/24/2021: NEW GUIDANCE REAFFIRMS IMPORTANCE OF FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES EDUCATION ACT AMIDST COVID-19 PANDEMIC 

NEW GUIDANCE REAFFIRMS IMPORTANCE OF FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES EDUCATION ACT AMIDST COVID-19 PANDEMIC FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 24, 2021 Contact: Press Office (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov Regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic or the mode of instruction, children with disabilities are entitled to receive a free, appropriate, public education Today, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) sent a letter to its state and local partners reiterating its commitment to ensuring children with disabilities and their…

CDC Releases Updated Guidance for COVID-19 prevention in schools

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its guidance for COVID-19 prevention in schools, that is posted here:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/k-12-guidance.html.  Correspondence follows. NSBA’s Office of Federal Advocacy and Public Policy   Dear Partners: We hope that you are doing well and that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. As the 2021-2022 school…

NSBA Announcement: Emergency Connectivity Fund Program Initial Application Filing Window Opens

Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opened the initial filing window for the Emergency Connectivity Fund, a $7.17 Billion program that will help schools and libraries provide the tools and services their communities need for remote learning during the COVID-19 emergency period.  www.fcc.gov/emergency-connectivity-fund From June 29, 2021 to August 13, 2021 eligible schools and libraries can apply for financial…

NSBA Federal Update – June 25, 2021

Federal Advocacy & Public Policy Team June 25, 2021 NSBA Weekly Update   Congressional Update Lawmakers Reach Tentative Infrastructure Deal, Path Forward Remains Murky A bipartisan group of 21 Senators continued to meet this week to discuss and negotiate potential investments in the nation’s infrastructure. Late Wednesday night, June 23, this group of Senators announced…

FEDERAL ALERT: ESSER and GEER Funds Guidance

FEDERAL ALERT: ESSER and GEER Funds Guidance May 26, 2021  Good Afternoon Board Members, Below and online, please find Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about how funding under the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund, including the American Rescue Plan (ARP) ESSER program, and the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund may be used…

NSBA Federal Update: May 14, 2021

Federal Advocacy & Public Policy Team May 14, 2021 NSBA Weekly Update – Congressional Update Forthcoming Infrastructure Package Continues to Take Shape Since the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act (P.L. 117-2), legislation that provided nearly $122 billion in additional funding for the K-12 community, President Biden has pivoted his administration to its next…

NSBA Federal Update – April 23, 2021

Federal Advocacy & Public Policy Team April 23, 2021 NSBA Weekly Update – Congressional Update Senate Republicans Release Infrastructure Counteroffer Late last month, President Biden unveiled a long anticipated legislative framework to invest roughly $2.3 trillion in infrastructure projects. This proposal, dubbed the American Jobs Plan, would include over $100 billion in funding specifically dedicated to…