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Advocacy Day 2020

May 11, 2020 • 8:00 am - 2:30 pm


Join us in Harrisburg to support public education!

All school leaders are invited to attend Advocacy Day at the state Capitol in Harrisburg. The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA), Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units (PAIU) and the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) are partnering together to strengthen our advocacy impact. The day will center around meetings with legislators to discuss critical issues affecting public education.

Discussion will focus on these areas:

  • Charter school funding reform
  • Basic Education Fund & special education funding
  • Funding for PlanCon

Click here to view a recap of Advocacy Day 2019!


As a membership benefit, there is no cost to register. Your legislator appointments will be coordinated with the completion of your registration. The day will begin with a continental breakfast and issue briefing prior to the legislator visits. Registrants will receive talking points, materials and leave-behinds to use with their meetings. Staff will be stationed at a table in the Main Rotunda during the day to answer questions and provide assistance.

Registration is now open via myPSBA.org.


8:00 – 8:30 a.m.: Registration and Continental Breakfast, State Museum of PA, 300 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120

8:30 – 8:35 a.m.: Welcome and Logistics
Nathan Mains, PSBA chief executive officer

8:35 – 9:00 a.m.: Legislative Update

  • Issues: Early intervention, Pre-K, basic education funding, increases, charter reform, and PlanCon funding Tom Gluck, PAIU executive director and John Callahan, PSBA chief advocacy officer
  • Your legislative visits: How to have a successful legislative visit
    Mark DiRocco, PASA executive director and Jonathan Berger, PSBA director of government affairs

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Legislative Visits: Your Day on the Hill
Now is the time to make an impact!

Morning Mini Sessions: Join us in the House Majority Caucus Room for these education mini sessions if you do not have a scheduled meeting at these times:

9:30 – 9:50 a.m. − Making the Equity Toolkit Work for your School; Heather Bennett, J.D., Ph.D., director of equity services, PSBA
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. – ESSA Implementation Updates; Matthew Stem, PDE deputy secretary, elementary and secondary education
10:45 – 11:15 a.m. – Learn more about the Administration’s Charter Reform Proposal; Matthew Stem
11:15 – 11:45 a.m. – Highlights of the newly released State of Education Report; Andrew Christ, education policy analyst, PSBA

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.: News Conference in the Main Rotunda
Please join us on the Rotunda steps at 12:45 p.m.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.: Additional Time for Meetings

Hotel & Lodging

Information coming soon.

PSBA President Eric Wolfgang on the importance of advocacy


May 11, 2020
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Pennsylvania State Capitol, Harrisburg
North 3rd and State Streets
Harrisburg, PA 17101 United States
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