2015 AASA Legislative Advocacy Conference Agenda
July 7-9, 2015

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Tuesday, July 7

8:00am – 3:00pm
12:30pm – 5:30pm
Advocacy Conference

12:30 - 1:45pm
Federal Education Policy: Thinkers & Thoughts
Education policy conversations involve more than just advocates, associations and legislators. There are myriad education-related think tanks and research groups generating robust information that shapes (and sometimes redirects!) the momentum of education policy conversations. This panel features three leaders from  various education work groups/think tanks, convened to talk about what to expect for the rest of this Congress and this year, as well as the broader education policy environment.
Catherine Brown, Vice President for Education Policy, Center for American Progress
Rick Hess, Resident Schools and Director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
Alyson Klein (moderator), Reporter, EdWeek
Andy Rotherham, Co-Founder/Partner, Bellwhether Education Partners

1:45 - 2:45pm
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
John Musso, Executive Director, ASBO
Sasha Pudelski, Assistant Director, Policy & Advocacy, AASA

3:00 - 3:50pm 
School Nutrition

The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act was passed in 2010, resulting in strict regulations for districts. Congressional staff discuss bills to relieve regulations and reauthorization.
Julian Baer, Senior Policy Advisor, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
Bobby Frederick, Legislative Director, Senator Rodney Davis
Marge Kilkenny, Senior Policy Advisor, Senator Angus King
Mandy Schaumburg, Education Deputy Director & Senior Counsel, House Education and the Workforce Committee
Jacqlyn Schneider, Deputy Staff Director & Policy Director, Senator Debbie Stabenow

4:00 - 4:45pm
Federal Funding and Appropriations
Prominent federal funding experts and Hill staff will discuss the ideological and political factors that impact federal education funding levels this year.
Mark Laisch, Majority Staff, Senate Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations Subcommittee
Michael Leachman, Director of State Fiscal Research, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Joel Packer, Executive Director, Committee for Education Funding

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Wednesday, July 8

7:00 – 10:00am
7:15 – 9:00am
Congressional Breakfast
Congressional members stop by to share comments on education.
10:00am – 4:30pm   
Hill Visits
6:00 – 7:00pm    
AASA President’s Installation
7:00 – 8:00pm    
AASA President’s Reception

Thursday, July 9

7:00– 8:00am     
8:15 – 10:30am
Advocacy Conference

8:15 - 9:30am
Courts & Regulation: Impacting Education
When it comes to the role of the federal government in education, it's more than just laws that impact schools. Regulations from federal agencies and decisions from federal court shape the actions of schools and their leaders. Maree Sneed's session will focus on the latest regulations and court decisions.
Maree Sneed, Partner, Hogan Lovells
9:30 - 10:30am
Association Executive Panel
AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech leads his fellow education association executives in a dialogue about education, policy, professional associations, and more.
Dan Domenech, Executive Director, AASA, The School Superintendents Association
Tom Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association
Carissa Miller, Deputy Executive Director, The Council of Chief State School Officers
John Musso, Executive Director, Association of School Business Officials
Becky Pringle, Vice President, National Education Association
Randy Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers

Registration Fees

Full Registration $149
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Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20001
Group Rate: $199 Single/Double Occupancy
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Hotel cut-off is June 15, 2015 to receive discounted rate

AASA Cancellation Policy

All registration cancellations must be received in writing no later than June 19, 2015, 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.