Advocacy Alert: Federal Updates

July 1, 2016

USED and HHS Releases Guidance on Students in Foster Care

Last week the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services released joint non-regulatory guidance relating to educating students in foster care. This nonbinding guidance is intended to assist school districts meeting their obligations under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which was recently reauthorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act. The foster care provisions of this Act take effect on December 10, 2016. This guidance can be viewed below.

Federal CTE Legislation Introduced

On June 28th, Representatives Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Katherine Clark (D-MA) introduced legislation to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act. The State Education Department currently distributes these federal funds through a grant to improve the quality of CTE. If enacted the proposal “Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act,” would help align CTE programs with current and future workforce demands to help prepare students for both college and careers.

Smart Schools Investment Plan Approvals

The Smart Schools Review Board, charged with reviewing and approving school district spending plans under the Smart School Bond Act, approved 36 school districts plans last week.  The $43.1 million in funding is the second batch of plans the review board has approved.

NYSSBA / NSBA Federal Issues Webinar

Registration for the NYSSBA and National School Boards Association webinar on July 29 is now open. Join the Governmental Relations team and our federal advocacy partners to discuss the implementation and the regulatory process for the Every Student Succeeds Act, updates on the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act and the federal budget.

NYSSBA’s Governmental Relations team will continue to update you on these and other issues.
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