While AASA’s advocacy is focused on federal education policy, AASA members have increasingly requested information on state-level trends and issues. State legislatures are, of late, where all the action is, a reality attributable as much to the dysfunction of the current Congress as it is to increasingly coordinated efforts to move legislation that threatens public education. AASA’s advocacy team is already making progress on this work, and I want to highlight their most recent analysis of state-level education issues, starting with the 2014 State of the State addresses and the upcoming 2014 gubernatorial elections. Read more »


Ever since the 2008 economic depression that gripped the country and school systems throughout America, we have been in a deep financial dive that has forced budget cuts in all areas. Many school systems are currently operating with budgets that are at pre-2008 levels. The Sequester certainly did not help and hardest hit were districts that, because of high poverty levels, were very dependent on federal funding. The districts that could least afford it were hit the hardest. Adding insult to injury, Congress took us to the edge of economic disaster resulting in a government shut down and the threat of our country defaulting on its debts. Read more »