Advocacy July 2018
LSSSCA's Director of Advocacy, Wes Upton, testified on behalf of school counselors at the Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools and School Security on July 18, 2018. This was a long day in Austin, but the role of the school counselor is important. Look for the testimony at the 7:56 mark on the recording for our testimony.
Advocacy Day 2017
LSSSCA hosted its first Advocacy Day 4/25/17! We had a strong turn out and we all had the opportunity to learn from our advocacy training provided by Kathryn Everest and Dr. Yznaga.
Each participant was able to meet with either their elected official or an office staffer to promote the key advocacy priorities outlined by LSSSCA. Each meeting established a foundational rapport with our legislators and will allow continued dialogues through this session and beyond.
We feel confident after our discussions that legislation that may have diverted money from public education to fund vouchers, education saving accounts, or other entities without providing accountability and services to all students, is not moving forward in the house. The opposition to this type of move was supported by Texas PTA, Texas Association of School Administrators, as well as many teacher organizations.
That was good news!We will continue to ask that you each reach out to your elected officials in their home offices and through phone calls or letters to express your advocacy for our students and our profession. You can make a difference!