November 21, 2023


Happy Thanksgiving
from AESA

As the leaves turn golden and the air gets crisper, Thanksgiving is upon us once again. This season, more than ever, we find ourselves reflecting on the countless reasons we have to be thankful. At the heart of our gratitude is you, our dedicated members, who tirelessly serve educators and children across the United States.

Your commitment and passion are the cornerstones that make our collective efforts so impactful. Whether you're a teacher shaping young minds, an administrator ensuring the smooth operation of our educational institutions, or a support staff member who often works behind the scenes, your contributions are invaluable. Each of you plays a vital role in nurturing and guiding the next generation.

This Thanksgiving, we want to acknowledge and celebrate the extraordinary work you do. It's because of your dedication that our educational service agencies continue to evolve and excel. You inspire us with your unwavering resolve to make a difference in the lives of educators and students alike.

As we gather with our families and loved ones, let's also remember the larger family we are part of – the AESA community. Together, we are making strides towards a brighter future for education in America. Your hard work does not go unnoticed, and we are immensely grateful for each and every one of you.

So, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you. May this Thanksgiving bring you joy, peace, and a well-deserved break to recharge and celebrate the fruits of your labor.


Happy Thanksgiving!


National News, Trends, and Issues

AESA Joins Six National Organizations in Joint Letter Opposing House FY24 Funding Bill

AESA joined six national education associations in a letter to the House of Representatives expressing STRONG OPPOSITION to the Republican FY24 funding proposal, a bill that includes deep cuts to education and an 80% reduction to Title I. You can read the full letter here.


FY2024: Avoiding a Shutdown But Still Not Funded

In a whirlwind of activity last Tuesday, the House passed (in a bipartisan manner) a continuing resolution (CR) that extends government funding at current levels for four appropriations bills through January 18 and for the other eight through February 2. Our slice of the pie—LHHS—is in the batch that expires in February.  CR now heads to the Senate, where Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has said he and the White House agree with the bill. This action avoids a federal shutdown but still leaves Congress without a final appropriations package. 

The House also debated more than 100 amendments to the fiscal year (FY) 2024 Labor-HHS-Education bill. We do not weigh in on the amendments because there is not one, that if adopted, would have us support the overall bill. We will continue to monitor the FY24 appropriations package and keep you posted!


AESA Supports Reauthorization of Secure Rural Schools Program

AESA joined AASA, NREA, and NREAC in a  joint letter to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, urging them to support the Secure Rural Schools Reauthorization Act of 2023 (S 2581). The bill was scheduled for mark up in committee on Nov 16. 


USED Announces Awards to Help Increase Educator Compensation and Promote Educator Diversity

On October 25, USED announced new awards totaling nearly $115M granted to states and school districts to promote educator diversity and career advancement opportunities for teachers to improve retention. 


UNESCO Resources on AI

The Artificial Intelligence and the Futures of Learning project builds on the Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence adopted at the 41st session of the UNESCO General Conference in 2019 and follows up on the recommendations of the UNESCO global report Reimagining our Futures Together: A New Social Contract for Education, launched in November 2021. The project will address both the human and technological dimensions related to AI and the futures of learning. 


From AESA's Executive Search Services:
Career Opportunity in Waco, TX

AESA's Executive Search service is proud to assist the Region 12 ESC Board of Directors in finding their next executive director. Region 12 ESC is located in Waco, TX.


Is this your opportunity? The application deadline is December 15, 2023. The position and application details are listed below.


Business Partner News from Good-Lite

"One out of every four school-age children may be harboring an undetected vision issue that has the potential to hinder their learning abilities. This can affect a diverse spectrum of students, ranging from those who are academically talented but underachieving to those struggling with moderate to severe learning challenges."

  • Adapted from Wendy Beth Rosen's work, 'The Hidden Connection Between Vision and Learning.'

As service agencies, you shoulder a tremendous responsibility to offer a comprehensive array of services to schools. Often, vision and hearing screenings tend to be relegated to the bottom of the priority list. Conventional methods involve using analog charts, maintaining handwritten records, and extensive personnel hours for completion. Due to this significant burden, many students remain unscreened. However, there is now a superior solution available.

Introducing GLD-Vision, a cutting-edge, 100% online, paperless, automated screening technology that has been medically validated to address vision-related challenges that can impede academic performance. This system is fully compliant with HIPAA and FERPA regulations, requires no specialized training, and can complete a comprehensive visual assessment of a student in less than three minutes. Its robust reporting capabilities empower schools to focus on students in need of referrals, while aggregate data analysis facilitates compliance with state mandates. To learn more, visit

We invite you to join us in Anaheim on Thursday, November 30th, at 3:20 pm in Grand Ballroom A, where we will explore the lucrative world of reselling high-quality educational services and products. Discover how to transform your service center into a profitable venture while simultaneously delivering exceptional value to your members. Gain insights into innovative strategies and best practices for monetizing verified and trusted educational products, ensuring both financial success and improved member well-being.


AESA's Annual Conference is Next Week!

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