2014 AASA Legislative Advocacy Conference Agenda

July 8-10, 2014

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Tuesday, July 8

11:00 a.m.

Advocacy Conference Registration

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

AASA Staff Advocacy Briefing
AASA staff brief members on the critical policy messages to bring to the Hill
Noelle Ellerson, Associate Executive Director, Policy & Advocacy, AASA
Leslie Finnan, Policy Analyst, AASA
Sasha Pudelski, Assistant Director, Policy & Advocacy, AASA

1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Federal Regulations
Congress may not be completing its reauthorization work, but the federal agencies are busy, issuing a bevy of regulations that impact schools. This panel features 4 representatives from four agencies with regulations that impact schools: the Federal Communications Commission, the US Education Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the US Department of Agriculture.
Priscilla Argeris, Legal Advisor, Federal Communications Commission
Melinda Cep, Special Assistant, Office of the Under Secretary
Robert Courtnage, Environmental Protection Specialist, Environmental Protection Agency
Simone Hardeman-Jones, Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Education

2:15 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Perkins CTE Reauthorization
Hill staff discuss the reauthorization of the Perkins CTE Act. 
Bill Knudsen, Education Policy Advisor to Senate HELP Ranking Member Lamar Alexander
Kelly Broughan, Education Policy Advisor to House Education & Workforce Ranking Member George Miller
Ned McCulloch, Global Issue Manager Skills Development and Education, IBM
Mitch Coppe, Legislative Liaison, Association for Career and Technical Education

3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

IDEA Reauthorization
Advocacy groups discuss the reauthorization of IDEA. 
Jacki Ball, Associate Director of Advocacy, National Association of Secondary School Principals
Bill East, Executive Director National Association of State Directors of Special Education
Reggie Felton, Interim Associate Executive Director, Federal Advocacy and Public Policy, National School Boards Association
Lindsay Jones, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, National Center for Learning Disabilities

4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Early Education
Hill staff discuss the reauthorization of the Head Start and Child Care Development Block Grant programs, as well as recent efforts related to universal PreK
Mario Cardona, Committee Office of Senator Harkin
Scott Groginsky, Committee Office of Representative Miller
Cristin Kumar, Committee Office of Representative Kline

4:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Federal Funding
Hill staff discuss the budget and appropriations process for FY15, which impacts funding for schools in the 2015-16 school year, including restoring sequester cuts
Sarah Bolton, Committee Office of Senator Murray
Mark Laisch, Committee Office of Senator Harkin

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


Wednesday, July 9

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

AASA Congressional Breakfast
Congressional members stop by to share comments on education.
Lamar Alexander, Senate Education Committee Ranking Member and Former U.S. Secretary of Education
Todd Rokita, US House of Representatives

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Hill Visits

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

President's Installation

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

AASA President's Installation Reception

Thursday, July 10

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Student Data/Privacy
Student Data and Privacy have long been topics of discussion, especially in the context of increased connectivity and digital learning. This panel will frame the larger conversation, focus on the relevant components at the federal policy level, and share insight on the likely impact for your school district.
Paige Kowalski, Director, State Policy and Advocacy, Data Quality Campaign
Chip Slaven, Senior Advocacy Associate, Alliance for Excellent Education

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

ALEC/State Policy Work
Coordinated legislative efforts have, in recent years, resulted in state legislation that undermines public schools. This panel will highlight the work and impact of such efforts, detail what it means for federal policy, and what superintendents can do to turn the tide in favor of legislation that strengthens the nation's public schools.
Facilitator: Andrew Ujifusa, Reporter, Education Week
Michael Leachman, Director of State Fiscal Research, Center on Budget Policy Priorities
Stephen Parker, Legislative Director, Education and Workforce Committee, National Governors Association
Jay Riestenberg, Research Analyst, Common Cause

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

2014 Elections: Federal, Gubernatorial and Polling
This year is a busy election year: mid-term elections at the federal level mean the full House and a share of the Senate are up for re-election, along with state legislatures and 36 state governors. Lake Research is at the front of election polling and research, and this session will highlight the what you need to know about the elections and what it will mean for education. 
Jonathan Voss, Senior Analyst, Lake Research Partners


Registration Fees

Full Registration $149

Register online OR Download the registration form [pdf]

Housing Information

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20001

Group Rate: $219 Single/Double Occupancy

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When calling be sure to mention "AASA or The School Superintendents Association" to receive the AASA discounted rate
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AASA Cancellation Policy

All registration cancellations must be received in writing no later than June 20, 2014, for a refund. Refunds are not granted for failure to attend, late arrival, unattended events, early departure. AASA is not responsible for weather-related cancellations, airfare, hotel or other costs incurred by attendee that are associated with conference. A $75 processing fee applies to all cancellations.