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
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.