Legislative Action Day
April 2-3 | Sheraton Grand Sacramento
Legislative Action Day brings ACSA members together in Sacramento for a two-day advocacy conference. ACSA staff and experts in the field provide members with briefings and guidance on current issues in education, giving members the tools and the opportunity to directly lobby the Legislature and carry a message of leadership, support and investment for the students and educators in California.
Advocacy in Action
Tweets by Issue
We encourage all members to promote ACSA’s advocacy agenda using social media when appropriate. Please feel free to use the following statements on your own social platforms. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ACSAadvocates to engage other members working for students in California.
Teacher Probationary Period:
- Tweet: Few things have an impact on a student's education as a high-quality and engaged teacher. #ACSAadvocates
- Tweet: We must ensure that teachers & students get the opportunity to succeed by extending the probationary period for new teachers. #ACSAadvocates
- Tweet: CA is one of 5 states with a teacher probation period of 2 years or less. Most states (32) have a 3-year probationary period. #ACSAadvocates
- Tweet: Providing another year of coaching for new teachers helps them improve, keeps them teaching & boosts student achievement #ACSAadvocates
- Tweet: A 3rd yr will result in a better prepared teacher, reduce turnover of new teachers & enhance academic success for students. #ACSAadvocates
English Learner Reform | Senate Bill 463 and Assembly Bill 81:
- Tweet: CA has 6.2 million students, approx 1.37 are English Learners. That’s the largest the largest population of ELs in the U.S. #ACSAadvocates
- Tweet: 2.6 million California students speak a language other than English at home. #ACSAadvocates
- Tweet: Right now, 25% of EL students drop out of school. Only 60% graduate High School within four years. We can do better. #ACSAadvocates
- Tweet: CA's new accountability system has presented a chance for a change by revisiting the criteria for reclassifying EL's. #ACSAadvocates
- Tweet: CA law fails to provide parents with an understanding of the procedures for identification. #ACSAadvocates
- Tweet: #AB81 is an effort to address the entry criteria for being identified as an English Learner. #ACSAadvocates
California State Budget:
- Tweet: Since 2012, CA has invested approximately $30 billion in public education to restore the significant reductions of 2008. #ACSAadvocates
- Tweet: Since the recent recession, CA’s per pupil spending ranking sank significantly to 35th in per-pupil spending in 2013-14. #ACSAadvocates
- Tweet Schools face real challenges without sufficient funding to support the needs of students in public schools. #ACSAadvocates
- Tweet: The majority of California students live in poverty. 59% of students qualify for the Federal School Nutrition program. #ACSAadvocates
- Tweet: CA students face challenges: 59% live in poverty, 22% identified as EL, 662,000 students have a learning disability. #ACSAadvocates
- Tweet: The governor’s budget commits to fund the #LCFF with $744 million. However, this is modest compared to previous years. #ACSAadvocates
- Tweet: Once #LCFF reaches full implementation, annual COLA adjustments will be insufficient to keep pace with fixed cost increases. #ACSAadvocates
- Tweet: ACSA urges @JerryBrownGov to work on a long-term funding solution to bring CA into the top ten rankings in per-pupil funding #ACSAadvocates
- Tweet: As school districts see slow growth in #LCFF funding, state pension systems are facing significant unfunded liabilities. #ACSAadvocates
- Tweet: In 2016 @CalPERS revised employer contrib rates to address unfunded liability. Rates projected to increase to 28.2 % by 2024. #ACSAadvocates
- Tweet: The @CalPERS rate hikes coincide with increasing @CalSTRS employer contribution rates, which will reach 19.1% in 2020-21. #ACSAadvocates
- Tweet: As CA moves closer to fully funding #LCFF while facing increased pension costs, districts need resources to ensure quality. #ACSAadvocates
About this event
Each year in late March or early April, approximately 400 education leaders throughout the state bring teams to Sacramento to advocate for California’s students.
The event begins on Sunday afternoon, as ACSA’s Governmental Relations and Political Affairs teams provide ACSA members with detailed briefings and guidance on the issues at stake. Tips on advocacy are provided by guest experts in the field such as Kevin Gordon, president of Capitol Advisors, and his partner, former Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell.
Monday morning begins with a breakfast and parting words of encouragement before our education leaders converge on the Capitol to meet with their local legislators.
Monday morning’s program also includes the presentation of ACSA’s Friend of Education Award. This award recognizes state and federal level elected or appointed officials who demonstrate leadership on behalf of public education through legislative contributions, political efforts or a significant commitment. Nominations are collected from ACSA leadership and committee and council members. In their acceptance speeches, the winners often provide valuable advice to members for discussing issues with their elected leaders. (For more information on this award, contact Liza Morris.)
ACSA provides a hospitality tent on the Capitol steps during the day on Monday for members' use in between meetings, offering additional materials and refreshments. We round out the event with a cocktail reception in the Capitol Basement Rotunda Monday afternoon, providing a final networking opportunity for members as well as any legislators who are able to join us. Members get an opportunity to unwind, mingle and share their experiences from the day.
Check back soon for an event schedule and details about #LAD2017. If you are interested in attending, please contact your region VPLA by March 17.