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 board association members.

2024 Federal Updates

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, and 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, and 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, and 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, and 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, and the ACCESS to Careers Act.

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

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

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