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Lessons Learned from the AASA-ASCA Women’s Forum

According to Fortune magazine, women make up less than 5 percent of the chief executive officers working in Fortune 500 companies. Only about 25 percent of our school districts are led by females. Recognizing that we’re at a time when the emergence of outstanding women leaders has strengthened public education, we were pleased to co-host, along with our California state affiliate, the Assoc...

Posted By James Minichello | 10/15/2014 4:38:59 PM

Poverty and School Breakfast

Regardless of where you come down on the issue of USDA’s new school meal regulations, it is highly likely that hunger and poverty are felt in your schools. Healthy school breakfasts and lunches are important safeguards against both hunger and childhood obesity. A new report entitled Health and Academic Achievement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that hunger and n...

Posted By Gayane Minasyan | 8/18/2014 12:17:38 PM

E-Rate Modernization Highlights How Advocacy is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Throughout the past year, AASA was deeply involved in the confluence of efforts related to the modernization of the E-Rate program. Created in 1996, the program is administered by the Federal Communications Commission and helps schools and libraries afford their teleconnectivity (Internet). As the role of connectivity and technology within schools and classrooms changed over the last 18 years, it...

Posted By James Minichello | 7/16/2014 4:28:10 PM

Modernizing E-Rate: A Must Have in Education

Last month the FCC closed its comment period for its most recent Public Notice, soliciting responses for the FCC’s proposed changes to the E-Rate program. As a former school superintendent and in my current role with AASA, an organization that has advocated for the E-Rate program since its inception, and as a member of the USAC board, the entity that administers the E-Rate program, I have strongly...

Posted By James Minichello | 5/9/2014 3:53:15 PM

Steps to Modernize E-Rate and Improve Technology in Education

At a time when federal education policy discussions—from ESEA reauthorization and appropriations to waivers and competitive funding—seem stalled, there is one program that is garnering a lot of attention: E-Rate. The attention to E-Rate isn’t new. The Federal Communications Commission, the federal agency that oversees the program, has been engaged in efforts to modernize E-Rate for almost a year....

Posted By Gayane Minasyan | 2/7/2014 11:05:38 AM

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