MSBA and COSSBA Federal Advocacy Update

The MSBA and COSSBA Federal Advocacy Update provides timely news about current public education issues affecting Minnesota schools.

MSBA became a charter member of the Consortium of State School Boards Associations (COSSBA) in 2021. COSSBA is a nonpartisan, national alliance dedicated to sharing resources to support, promote and strengthen state school boards associations as they serve their local school districts and board members. COSSBA works to advance federal congressional priorities on behalf of 25 state school boards association members.

Additional COSSBA-related resources: Visit MSBA’s COSSBA webpage to access the COSSBA Federal Education Report and COSSBA Court Report.

2024 Federal Updates

Access the update for July 10, 2024: Rep. Brad Finstad’s Education and Workforce Freedom Act passed by U.S. House Ways and Means Committee | Federal Title IX court challenges do not impact Minnesota | The U.S. Department of Education joins forces with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to Support School Cyber Defense

Access the update for June 27, 2024: Full Funding for the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) is critical for public education | Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee examines challenges facing public school teachers | Report on the Condition of Education 2024 has been released

Access the update for June 21, 2024: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding will impact child nutrition | U.S. Surgeon General calls for warning label on social media platforms | Updated resources for summer meals for Minnesota students

Access the update for June 14, 2024: Mark your calendar for COSSBA webinar on Federal Education Priorities | Bipartisan bill introduced to boost artificial intelligence (AI) education for K-12 | The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopts a $200 million cybersecurity pilot program for schools and libraries

Access the update for May 31, 2024: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s summer food programs are now called SUN programs | E-Rate funding can be used for school bus Wi-Fi upgrades | Minnesota Senator Tina Smith pushes for more funding for early childhood education, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and improved school climate

Access the update for May 24, 2024: Eighth Circuit Court rules on compensatory special education after student’s 21st birthday | White House holds summit on chronic absenteeism | Minnesota Congresspeople engage with our students

Access the update for May 17, 2024: The U.S. Department of Education announces increased funding for mental health services in schools | The U.S. Department of Labor issues final federal overtime rule | The U.S. Department of Education reminds schools of their legal obligation to address discrimination

Access the update for May 9, 2024: Education Innovation and Research (EIR) grant applications | The FCC’s restoration of net neutrality | The 2024 U.S. Department of Education (ED) Green Ribbon awarded to Eden Prairie Schools

Access the update for April 29, 2024: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) releases final rule on school meals | Minnesota senators announce funding to increase STEM pipeline | The U.S. Department of Education releases Title IX rule

Access the update for April 19, 2024: The U.S. Department of Education launching the Cybersecurity Government Coordinating Council | Federal efforts to expand pathways into teaching | The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) “Week of Action” held by the U.S. Department of Education

Access the update for April 1, 2024: Applications for the 2024 Renew America’s Schools Prize | The National Advisory Council on Unpaid School Meal Debt Act | Federal grant money for increasing the number of English learner teachers

Access the update for March 20, 2024: Federal mental health grant application resources | President Biden’s $82 billion budget request for the U.S. Department of Education | A bipartisan hearing on youth apprenticeships

Access the update for March 6, 2024: A toolkit for the “Promotion of Voter Participation for Students” | Opening of grant applications for school-based mental health support | Grant applications for education technology for individuals with disabilities

Access the update for February 26, 2024: Child nutrition eligibility guidelines | Four common health conditions have disability protections under Section 504 | Federal Equity Action Plan update

Access the update for February 15, 2024New improvements to the FAFSA process | Federal guidance for technology use in special education | ACCESS to Careers Act

Access the update for February 6, 2024Affordable Connectivity Program | Medicaid Dollars for school-based health services | The 2024 federal student achievement agenda

Access the update for January 25, 2024Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application | Clean School Bus Funding | Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Program

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