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Elected. Engaged. Empowered: Advocacy Institute 2018

Over 800 public school advocates from across the country gathered in Washington, D.C., Feb. 4-6 for NSBA’s 2018 Advocacy Institute.

Two days of programming sessions, panel presentations, and breakouts covered critical issues affecting public education. The event provided insights and resources to help attendees sharpen their advocacy strategy, tactics, and messaging and prepare for meetings with their Congressional representatives.

Choice as a reform strategy, First Amendment rights in the school setting, and immigration reform and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program were some of the issues covered at the Institute.

Featured speakers included former school board members Sen. John Boozman, and Sen. Deb Fischer; and also Rep. Terri A. Sewell. NPR and ABC News political commentator Cokie Roberts wrapped up the second day with her political insights and timeless stories from inside the beltway.

On the third and final day of the Institute, attendees had the opportunity to meet with their members of Congress to champion the interests of local public schools and the 50 million school children that attend them.

Reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, federal investments in public education, immigration reform, student data privacy, net neutrality, improving the nation’s infrastructure, and ESSA’s implementation are issues included in NSBA’s legislative priorities for the 115th Congress (2nd Session).

Learn more about our priorities and how you can help inform the ongoing national dialogue in support of equity and excellence in education here.

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