Media Advisory: Arne Duncan to Speak at 2009 AASA Legislative Advocacy Conference

March 30, 2009

Amy Vogt


What:U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will kick off the AASA Legislative Advocacy Conference on April 22 at 12:30 p.m. The conference is the major federal legislative event of the year for school system leaders. Superintendents and other education leaders from around the country will meet with legislators on Capitol Hill to call for a new agenda for public education and learn the latest information about the federal stimulus funds for education.

When: April 22-24, 2009

Where: Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202

Conference Information:

Highlights: AASA members played a vital role in advocating for education funding in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Now, school leaders will gather on Capitol Hill to:

  • Maximize the impact of the stimulus funds on students nationwide
  • Advocate for a new framework for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
  • Call for revitalizing the federal role in education to benefit all children, especially low-income and minority children, as outlined in AASA’s 2009 Legislative Agenda.

Sessions will include:

  • U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will kick off the conference on April 22, 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.
  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – U.S. Education Department staff, congressional staff, and other education and policy leaders will discuss what the stimulus means for public education and how districts can secure their share of the state stabilization funds. (Wednesday, April 22, 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.)
  • Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll - Maree Sneed, a partner in the law firm of Hogan & Hartson LLP, will review education-related U.S. Supreme Court decisions and discuss the implications of major decisions for school administrators. (Friday, April 24, 8 a.m.-9:15 a.m.)
  • Accountability and Assessment – This session will discuss the state of accountability and assessment, what recent regulatory changes mean for school leaders, and how accountability and assessment are shaping up in the ESEA reauthorization. (Friday, April 24, 9:15 a.m.-10 a.m.)
  • The Total Child - AASA is committed to educating the total child, and this session is a forum for lively discussion about what it takes -- at and between the local, state and federal levels -- to truly address the needs of the total child. (Friday, April 24, 10:15 a.m.-12 p.m.)

Media Registration: Members of the press may request a complimentary press pass by emailing a request to Amy Vogt, public and media relations director, at Registration is restricted to editorial staff or the publisher of an approved magazine, publication or other media outlet.


About AASA
The American Association of School Administrators, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders across the United States. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. AASA’s major focus is standing up for public education.