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 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…

U.S. Department of Education Announces More Biden-Harris Appointees

U.S. Department of Education Announces More Biden-Harris Appointees U.S. Department of Education April 9, 2021 Contact:   Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced more political appointees that will lead various parts of the agency. These diverse and accomplished individuals will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the agency,…

NSBA Federal Update – April 2, 2021

Federal Advocacy & Public Policy Team April 2, 2021 NSBA Weekly Update Congressional Update President Biden Unveils Infrastructure Proposal On Wednesday, March 31, the Biden administration released a long-awaited legislative proposal to invest roughly $2.3 trillion in infrastructure projects and related efforts over the next eight years. Dubbed the “American Jobs Plan,” the proposal outlines…

NSBA Weekly Federal Update (March 26)

Federal Advocacy & Public Policy Team March 26, 2021 NSBA Weekly Update   Congressional Update House Releases Community Project Funding Guidance On Tuesday, March 23, the House Appropriations Committee formally published guidance regarding the process for Members of Congress to request “Community Project Funding”—the committee’s new term for appropriations earmarks. As previously shared, House appropriations…