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October 2023: AESA State Examiner

October 30, 2023

The October State Examiner covers four topics including Legislative Issue Monitoring, Statehouse News, National Reports, and Advocacy Tips. Each topic includes a brief introduction. To read the full article under each headline, click on the "+" sign next to the topic.

The State Legislative Issue Monitoring Report will examine what is happening in statehouses around the country. This edition examines discussions that are impacting EDUCATOR SHORTAGES.

In the Statehouse News: Education Finance and Policy we find representative examples (with links) of news items coming out of the states that may be of interest to ESAs and their client schools and districts.

This month's National Education Reports highlights five reports:

  • Accelerating Student Academic Recovery
  • Voucher and Other School Choice Option Expansion
  • NASBO Fiscal Survey of States
  • Best States for Education: U.S. News & World Report Rankings
  • The Condition of Education 2023

October's Advocacy Tip explores influencing both the legislative and state agency rule-making processes along the journey to implementation. It examines the similarities and differences between legislative advocacy and state agency advocacy.

Effective advocacy takes time and patience. Understanding this reality is important to influence policy development and implementation. Now more than ever, educational service agencies must position themselves as reputable, reliable, and effective advocates for high-quality educational opportunities for all kids regardless of where they live and attend school. Understanding that policymaking is an iterative process can help one to establish reasonable expectations for results and design a long-term, multi-faceted advocacy strategy that is more likely to produce the desired outcomes. Effective advocacy is a multi-stage process from policy development to legislative adoption to enactment and, finally, agency implementation. It’s a marathon not a sprint.


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