New Solutions and Updates
Correct Links for AASA Slide Show
Included is a link to an AASA Slide Show with an overview of ESSA as well as an Implementing ESSA: What to expect in 2016 hosted by the Fordham Institute.
Here is the correct link to the ASBA Presentation on Dec 10th. We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused.
ASIAA is joining with the Arizona Rural Schools Association
ASIAA is joining with the Arizona Rural Schools Association to share their fall conference. A short survey will follow asking about your attendance to determine the impact on the conference. Dr. Koerperich, ASIAA President is working with Don German, Executive Director to participate with breakout sessions in the fall. Please mark your calendar to attend the Arizona Rural Schools Association 2016 Annual Conference September 15-17, 2016 at the Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.
Election 2016 - (Excerpt from January - February 2016 Impact Newsletter
From the Desk of Executive Director Hilary Goldmann:
All 435 seats of the House of Representatives are up for election, with 21 Republican members and 16 Democrat members having announced their retirement. In the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has a pretty firm hand on his Caucus. However, advancing legislation when four sitting Senators are running for the Presidency can be a challenge. In the Senate, 34 seats are up for election - 24 held by Republicans and 10 held by Democrats - making this election a tall order for Republicans to protect 24 seats. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid will, of course, work to switch Republican seats to the Democrat side of the aisle with the hope of retaking their respective chambers.
With this political environment before us, an advocate might ask, can I take a hiatus from advocacy? The answer is a resounding NO! Every NAFIS member must continue his or her involvement in our policy and advocacy work. The seeds of the successes we had in 2015 – the NAFIS Impact Aid recommendations included in the Every Student Succeeds Act, and our FY ‘16 appropriations success – were planted and nurtured over many years, and were a direct result of the consistent, unified messaging of the NAFIS Family. The NAFIS Family must remain engaged.
Payment Update - (NAFIS - Impact Aid Newsletter)
Section 8003, FY 2016 Initial Payments – As of January 7, the Department had distributed $260 million in initial payments of 60% of LOT to 381 Section 8003 applicants. Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Education received the allotment of the full FY 2016 appropriation. The Department is proceeding to release initial payments to all applicants that are ready to be paid. These will be released in the next couple of weeks, and the Department will continue to release initial payments as soon as the applications are approved. The Department is examining the application data to determine the higher LOT percentage rate that the appropriation can support, and will reset the rate and begin processing interim payments in February.
Section 8002 foundation payments for 2016 will also be released by early February. The Department also plans to release final FY 2014 8003 payments by early March.
FY 2017 Application – The deadline for FY 2017 Impact Aid applications is Monday, February 1, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Please start your applications early to make sure you meet this deadline. Late applicants are assessed a 10% payment penalty for that fiscal year. Just like last year, electronic applications will be submitted through the G5 website at www.G5.gov. You can now upload signed pages as PDF files in G5. All parts of the application, including the signed pages, will be due February 1, 2016.
Construction – For FY 2016, Congress appropriated $17.4 million for formula Impact Aid construction grants. The Department anticipates distributing these funds in July.
News and Information
Register NOW for NAFIS Spring Conference
NAFIS will hold its 2016 Spring Conference, March 13-15, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Registration is now open.
Registration is a two-part process:
Conference Registration Link
NAFIS to Exhibit, Present at AASA National Conference
NAFIS will host an exhibit booth at AASA – the School Superintendents National Conference, February 11-13, at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Exhibiting at the AASA conference is part of a new membership recruitment drive. “We hope to meet and talk with representatives of Federally impacted school districts that are not members of NAFIS and to educate them about the value of NAFIS membership and being a part of the NAFIS Family,” said NAFIS Executive Director Hilary Goldmann. If you plan to attend, make sure to stop by the NAFIS booth to say hello, and contact Jocelyn Bissonnette at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering at the booth. The conference will focus on seven major themes, including Common Core Standards and Assessments, Superintendent/ School Board Relationships, Personalizing Education, Leadership Instructional Leadership, Innovative Technology, and Healthy School Environments. Additionally, NAFIS Director of Government Affairs Jocelyn Bissonette, will participate in a panel discussion on rural education. We hope to see you there!
Executive Director Larry E. Wallen will be volunteering at the NAFIS booth. Who else will join us? Contact Jocelyn to participate.
Board Announces Slate of Candidates; Nomination Procedures for Spring NAFIS Conference
The NAFIS Nomination Committee recently presented its slate of candidates for those NAFIS Board positions that will be voted on at the upcoming NAFIS Spring Conference. At the Board meeting held in Scottsdale, members nominated the following slate for election in the spring:
Should you have any questions regarding the spring NAFIS elections, please call 202-624-5455.
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ASBA Spring Legal Workshop
ASBA Equity Event
NAFIS Spring Conference
NSBA Annual Conference
ASBA Summer Leadership Institute
ASA Institute for Excellence
ASA Summer Conference
Arizona Rural Schools Association Conference
February 11-13, 2016 Phoenix, Az
February 25-27, 2016 Orlando, FL
March 4, 2016, Flagstaff, Az
March 10.11, 2016, Phoenix, Az
March 13-15, 2016 DC
April 9 - 11. 2016, Boston, Ma
July 9 - 11, 2016, Flagstaff, Az
June 5-8, 2016, Flagstaff, Az
June 12-14, 2016. Tucson, Az
September 15-17, 2016