School Leaders Address State of Economy and Schools at National Conference on Education

February 19, 2009

Contact: Amy Vogt, 703-875-0723,


What: Thousands of school system leaders, economic experts and educational visionaries will gather to identify cost-saving methods for meeting student needs during the current economic downturn and exchange practical solutions for improving public education at the National Conference on Education, hosted by the American Association of School Administrators.

When: Thursday, Feb. 19, to Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009

Where: Moscone Convention Center, 747 Howard St., San Francisco, Calif.

Highlights: The National Conference on Education will offer more than 14 hours of sessions designed to help administrators lead districts in tough economic times, including:

  • “State of Economy, State of Education: How the Economic Downturn Impacts Schools” on Thursday at 11:45 a.m.
  • “The Value of Contract Purchasing: Easing the Budget Crisis” on Thursday at 11:45 a.m.
  • “Creative Financial Alternatives for 21st-Century Schools” on Thursday at 2:15 p.m.
  • “Mining Buried Treasure in a Challenging Economy” on Thursday at 2:15 p.m.
  • “Leading When the Chips Are Down” on Friday at 11:15 a.m.
  • “How To Cut Your Budget Without Getting Hurt” on Friday at 11:15 a.m.

Sessions will also focus on federal stimulus funding for education and other key legislative issues:

  • “Federal Funding for Education and Other Important Federal Issues” on Thursday at 11:45 a.m.
  • “Federal Legislation and Appropriations Update” on Thursday at 2:15 p.m.
  • “Reauthorizing ESEA” on Thursday at 1 p.m.
  • “Federal Relations Luncheon” with Linda Darling-Hammond, a national education leader who has also served as a senior adviser to President Barack Obama, on Friday at noon
  • “How to Make a Difference and Influence the Next /Version of\NCLB” on Saturday at 10:15 a.m.
  • “AASA 2009 Legislative Agenda/NCLB/Economic Stimulus Funds” on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

View the full conference schedule.

Press Registration: Complimentary press registration is open to the editorial staff and publishers of approved media outlets. All members of the press will be asked to complete a complimentary press pass at the Conference Information Kiosk on-site.

Video and Audio Taping: Video and audio taping are not allowed at the conference without prior permission from AASA.

Interviews: Reporters interested in scheduling interviews should contact Amy Vogt at or 703-774-6930.


About AASA
The American Association of School Administrators, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders. 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 resources for schools facing shrinking budgets and economic uncertainty are available at