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Leadership Manual 2020-2021

The Association of California School Administrators is the largest umbrella organization for school leaders in the United States, serving more than 17,000 California educators.

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Association of California School Administrators POLICY & GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS Developing and Influencing Legislation Each year, the Governmental Relations (GR) staff works to develop legislative proposals as recommended by the state Legislative Policy Committee (LPC) and based on ACSA's Legislative Platform which is adopted by the Leadership Assembly. Staff communicates with standing Councils/Committees that have advised the LPC that a specific change in the law is needed, writes the proposals for review by the LPC, prepares language for bill introduction, and secures authors to introduce the resulting items of sponsorship. GR staff also monitors and testifies at weekly hearings of legislative committees and subcommittees. GR staff meets regularly with members of the State Assembly and Senate. Day‐to‐day contact is made throughout the year with the authors of bills that ACSA has active positions on and with legislators who are members of committees scheduled to hear those bills. Letters indicating support and opposition are sent to legislators prior to committee hearings and floor actions and to the governor once the bill is sent to him for action. ACSA's GR department tracks more than 600 legislative measures, each year totaling more than 1,200 pieces of legislation per two‐year legislative session. GR staff also monitors and communicates with legislators at the Federal level. Staff leads a delegation of ACSA members to Washington, D.C. every year to meet with legislators and regulatory agencies regarding ACSA's positions. Legislative Policy Committee ACSA's LPC meets five times each year, studies and discusses pending bills impacting preschool to adult education, and takes positions on pertinent legislation. The committee reviews ACSA's legislative platform surveys the general membership, and makes recommendations to the ACSA Leadership Assembly for needed changes every two years. The LPC is made up of one representative from each of ACSA's 19 regions, 12 ACSA Council Representatives, and 5 ACSA Standing Committee Representatives who conduct region legislative committee meetings prior to LPC meetings in order to obtain region input on pending legislation. In addition, one representative from each council/committee serves on the LPC. As needed, the committee/council requests proposals for sponsored legislation from each standing committee, reviews proposals, and votes on which proposals to sponsor based on information provided by staff. The committee may also review congressional activities and takes positions on major federal issues. Vice Presidents for Legislative Action GR and Political Affairs and Strategy staff meet with the Vice Presidents for Legislative Action four times each year to design and implement a plan of action guaranteeing timely contact with legislators by individual ACSA members. The VPLAs, working with GR and Political Affairs and Strategy staff, secure letter‐writing campaigns as needed, organize ACSA's Legislative Action Day, as well as local and regional activities, and exchange information among regions. During the legislative session, alerts are issued by the GR office, which coordinates the necessary responses. In election years, the 19 elected regional vice‐presidents coordinate interviews with candidates for legislative offices and assist in developing recommendations for endorsing legislative candidates. They serve as part of ACSA's grassroots effort on initiative campaigns. 48

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