Advocacy Toolkit 2011


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The 2011 AASA Legislative Toolkit is a great guide for you to use on Capitol Hill as well as at home when advocating for high-quality education on behalf of all children in your district. Inside the Advocacy Toolkit you will find:

  • Letter of introduction from AASA Executive Director Daniel Domenech
  • The Congressional Directory
    The directory contains the most up-to-date information we have on where your Senators’ and Representatives’ offices are located and contact information for the legislative staff who handle education policy matters for the legislators.
  • 2011 Legislative Agenda and FAQ on the Legislative Agenda
    The AASA Legislative Agenda succinctly outlines the association’s positions on a variety of legislative initiatives and is a great reference point for discussing national education priorities with any audience.
  • Regulatory Relief
    • Joint AASA/NSBA Regulatory Relief Resolution
    • Guide for Using the Resolution and Resolution Response
      AASA and National School Boards Association have teamed up to demand regulatory relief for the Elementary and Secondary School Act for the 2011-12 school year and we are asking every school district in America to sign-on to signal their support. Please share this document with other administrators and school board members in your community, and add your name to the thousands of other districts pressuring the Department of Education to end the unfair penalizing of school administrators, teachers, parents and students.
    • AASA/NSBA Letter to Congressmen and Senators
    • AASA/NSBA Media Release
    • Additional letter to Congress (August 10, 2011)
  • Advocacy Process
    • Advocacy 101 PowerPoint
      This PowerPoint teaches you how legislation is created and enacted at the federal level and how you can advance your policy priorities during all phases of the legislative process. The presentation also gives you tips for how you can build advocacy capacity in your district at both the state and federal level.
    • "Conversation with Noelle Ellerson" video
    • Tips for Communicating with Legislators
      This tip sheet gives you the inside scoop on how to setup and execute successful lobbying visits on Capitol Hill, at your state Capitol or at a legislator’s district office.