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2017 AASA Legislative Advocacy Conference

July 10-12, 2017

Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC

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Monday, July 10

8am – 1:30pm
12:30 – 1:30pm
Voices on ESSA
More than a year after the law was passed, and as schools gear up to implement the law in 2017-18, hear the perspective of advocates who helped shape the law. Representing teachers, civil rights groups, and hill staff, this panel will be a lively, candid discourse of all things ESSA, including insights from ‘behind the scenes’. 
David Cleary, Chief of Staff, Sen. Lamar Alexander
Liz King, Director of Education Policy, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Alyson Klein, Reporter, Ed Week
Mary Kusler, Senior Director, Center for Advocacy, NEA 

1:30 - 2:15pm
Important issues in state voucher policy and research 
Three leading researchers will different policy themes and pitfalls in school voucher schemes across the country. The panel will tackle issues with voucher programs targeted at students with disabilities, tuition-tax credits, and the correlation between school segregation and private school choice.
Carl Davis, Research Director, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy
Janet Decker, Professor, Indiana University
Halley Potter, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation

2:15 - 3pm
Defeating Vouchers: The Messaging that Works
The Center for American Progress and the National Education Association have independently conducted focus groups and broad surveys with diverse constituencies across the U.S. to uncover what is the most effective messaging in defeating voucher proposals.
Kristen Hooper, Senior Message and Intel Strategist, NEA
Scott Sargrad, Managing Director, K-12 Education Policy, CAP

3 - 3:45pm
Public Education Funding and the Future
The tax and budget policies adopted today—at the local, state and federal level—will continue to impact our ability to invest in schools for years to come. Martire will share insight and perspective on how these policies will impact the willingness and capacity for federal, state and local governments to adequately fund our nation’s public schools. 
Ralph Martire, Executive Director, Center for Tax & Budget Accountability

 3:45 - 4:30pm
AASA Advocacy Update
AASA’s advocacy team will provide a brief overview of AASA’s legislative priorities and what is relevant to what you need to know before you head to the hill on Tuesday. Topics will include ESSA, IDEA, funding, rural education, vouchers, Medicaid, school nutrition, Perkins, and more. 
Noelle Ellerson Ng, Associate Executive Director,
Policy & Advocacy, AASA
Leslie Finnan, Senior Legislative Analyst, AASA
Sasha Pudelski, Assistant Director, Policy & Advocacy, AASA

4:30 -5pm
Hill Team Planning 
Last year, members told us they’d appreciate time dedicated to meet with fellow administrators from the same state, and to coordinate messaging and strategy before heading to the hill. AASA’s advocacy team will be on hand to answer your questions as you prep to advocate on Tuesday!

5 – 6pm

Tuesday, July 11

7am – 5pm

7:15 – 9am
Congressional Breakfast
Congressional members stop by to share comments on education.
Jason Botel, Acting Assistant Secretary, Elementary and Secondary Education
10am – 4:30pm   
Hill Visits
6– 7pm    
AASA President’s Installation
7 – 8pm    
AASA President’s Reception

Wednesday, July 12

7– 8am     
8 – 8:45am
Beyond the Dollar: Trends in Education Finance Policy
Fresh from Capitol Hill, you’ll know that the conversation around federal funding for FY18 is far from rosy. This panel will drill deeper into what this means for schools, including impacts on implementing programs, teachers, and more. 
Nora Gordon, Associate Professor, Georgetown University
Michal Leachman, Director of State Fiscal Research, Center on Budget & Policy Priorities
Anne Podolsky, Educator Quality Team, Learning Policy Institute

8:45 - 9:15am
Medicaid & Schools
Changing Medicaid from an entitlement program to a block-grant subject to Congressional funding has been the hottest policy issue on Capitol Hill this year. We will explore the findings from the AASA/ASBO’s survey on Medicaid in schools and do a deep-dive on the policy and funding issues at stake for school leaders as this debate proceeds in the Senate.
Sharie Lewis, Director of Business Services & Operations for Parkrose School District
Lena O’Rourke, Consultant, Healthy Schools Campaign

9:15 - 9:45am
More than Borders: Immigration and Schools
In this session, Edelman and Williams will provide perspective on how immigration practice and policies impact schools, what recent legislative developments may mean for schools and the students they serve, and why it’s important superintendents to engage on this topic.
Jonah Edelman, CEO, Stand for Children
Corey Williams, Federal Lobbyist, National Education Association

Supreme Court and Federal Regulation
The most recent Supreme Court session was ripe with decisions that will impact public schools. Sneed will walk through what these decisions will mean for you and your district, as well as the latest information related to USED regulations for ESSA and more. 
Maree Sneed, Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP 

Registration Fees

Full Registration $149

Housing Information

Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill (Event Hotel)
400 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
The Cut-off date for this hotel has passed, we do currently still have rooms at the Liason located directly across the street.

The Liason Capitol Hill
 415 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
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AASA Cancellation Policy

All registration cancellations must be received in writing no later than June 12, 2017, 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.