Join us in Harrisburg to support public education!

All PSBA-member school directors are invited to attend Advocacy Day at the state Capitol in Harrisburg. In addition, this year PSBA will be partnering with the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units (PAIU) and Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) to strengthen our advocacy impact. The focus for the day will be meetings with legislators to discuss critical issues affecting public education.

Date & Time

Monday, April 29, 2019
8:00AM – 2:30PM


Pennsylvania State Capitol, Harrisburg
North 3rd and State Streets

Harrisburg, PA 17101 United States


There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. PSBA will assist in scheduling appointments with legislators once your registration is received. The day will begin with a continental breakfast and issue briefings prior to the legislator visits. Registrants will receive talking points, materials and leave-behinds to use with their meetings. PSBA staff will be stationed at a table in the main Rotunda during the day to answer questions and provide assistance.

Register today at


Adequate Funding
Meaningful Charter School Reform
PlanCon Reform


Monday, April 29, 2019

The Day Starts at the Keystone Building – 2nd Floor Hearing Room

8:00am – 8:30am: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30am – 8:35am: Welcome
Nathan Mains, PSBA Chief Executive Officer

8:35am – 9:00am: Legislative Updates
Tom Gluck, PAIU Executive Director and John Callahan, PSBA Chief Advocacy Officer
Issues: early intervention, basic education funding increases, reform for cyber charter tuition payments, and PlanCon reform
Mark DiRocco, PASA Executive Director, Jonathan Berger, PSBA Director of Government Relationship
Your legislative visits:  how to have a successful legislative visit

9:00am – 1:00pm: Legislative Visits: Your Day on the Hill
Now is the time to make an impact!

The Capitol – 401 Main Capitol Room: will be used for educational mini-sessions, networking and beverages (until 12:30 p.m.)
Main Rotunda – PAIU, PASA, PSBA Welcome Tables: staffed during the entirety of the event – for information, directions, and materials

Educational Mini Sessions: 401 Main Capitol Room
(Please plan to attend if you do not have a scheduled meeting)
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: Early Childhood Education, presented by Kari King, President and CEO, Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children

11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: How to lobby as a team of ‘10’, presented by Mark DiRocco, Executive Director, PASA

1:00pm – 1:30pm: Press Conference in the Main Rotunda
All Advocacy Day attendees, please meet on the staircase for brief remarks and photo opportunities

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Additional additional meetings (potential)

Please note: Lunch coupons to be used in the Capitol Cafeteria will be included in your packet, received at registration. Staff will be available in the main rotunda to assist with directions. Copies of the State of Education report are available at the welcome tables.

Walking Map – (Downloadable .PDF)

Leave Behinds

Budget Reform
Cyber Charter Reform
PlanCon Reform

Hotel & Lodging

We have secured a block of rooms at the Harrisburg Hilton at a discounted rate of $144 per night. You can reserve a room online ( or over the phone (1-800-HILTONS) with Group code: OOLBD. The deadline for receiving the discounted rate is April 19. From the Hilton, it is a short walk to the Capitol on a covered walkway through Strawberry Square. Or, you may make arrangements for transportation to the Capitol.

The link below provides driving directions and information on where to park if you plan to drive in that day, as well as accessibility information. If you need additional details, please don’t hesitate to email or call Jamie Zuvich, advocacy coordinator.


Get details and talking points on the three areas of focus for the day: 1) education funding increases, 2) PlanCon reform, and 3) reform for tuition payments to cyber charter schools.