Impact of Advocacy: 112 Offices Visited!

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On Wednesday, July 8, AASA and ASBO members took to Capitol Hill to advocate for public education. According to the responses on our google doc (if you haven’t filled it in yet and you were at the conference, please do so here!), we visited 112 offices! In the graphs below, the orange bars show meetings with the Senators or Representatives themselves (29 and 45, respectively), and the purple bars show meetings with staff members.

2015 advocacy offices

 

This kind of direct contact has real consequences. While we cannot take full credit, the members whose offices we visited voted for ESEA reauthorization (HR5 in the House and S1177 in the Senate) at high rates – 68 percent of the offices we visited voted for the bills, much higher than the 56 percent support overall.

Your visits didn’t only focus on ESEA; you had the chance to highlight other important issues and communicate with your Members of Congress the need for federal action on a myriad of issues. These were the topics discussed most often: 

 2015 advocacy topics

Please stay in touch with your Members and their staff - persistence is key - and let us know how we can help you maintain these relationships and encourage action!

 


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