Public Policy is a core component of the National Summit for Educational Equity and this year it moves on two tracks. On Tuesday and Thursday, there are eight Public Policy workshop sessions designed to both provide NSEE participants with up to date overviews of what is happening in both the 116th Congress and the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor to help inform their meetings with policymakers during their visit to Capitol Hill.
**Make sure that you schedule your afternoon congressional appointments with your Members of Congress and/or their staff prior to your arrival to Washington. The congressional switchboard number is 202 224 3121 to directly connect to your House or Senate member.
On Wednesday, participants are encouraged to put their Tuesday policy updates in action by spending the day on Capitol Hill. Please note that the Wednesday Morning Public Policy Day Program is at capacity (please see your email from Friday, April 19th to confirm your interest). Participants in the Public Policy Day Morning Program will hear from congressional members about legislation and policies related to the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins) and the Higher Education Act (HEA), access, equity, and diversity in education and the workplace. During the afternoon, we invite you to visit with your members of Congress in delegation or individually, to discuss these issues and influence change.
Bringing NAPE’s Agenda to Capitol Hill
The morning begins with a brief, early morning bus ride to Capitol Hill. Confirmed Public Policy Day participants will enjoy a light breakfast where they will pick up their congressional policy packets. We will then host NAPE’s Public Policy Day congressional speakers to include House Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA), House Committee on Education and Labor member and Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (D-CT). We will also honor Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) with the 2019 Public Policy Leadership Award. The morning session will close with A Conversation with Scott Stump, Assistant Secretary in the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), U.S. Department of Education.
Lunch is on your own. The Dirksen Building has a Buffet located on the South Side of the Dirksen Basement. The Capitol Restaurant is located in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. Both take credit cards. Several groups meet on Capitol Hill this time of year so expect crowds.
From mid-day until 5:00 pm, NSEE participants are encouraged to visit their Members of Congress – scheduling their appointments prior to their arrival to Washington, DC.
Using your voice is the most influential way to inform and enlighten policymakers about NAPE’s policy platform on education and workforce equity.
NAPE provides an Advocacy Toolkit to its members to assist them in preparing for congressional visits at home or while they are in the Nation’s capital. When you register for the NSEE you become a member of NAPE and have access to all the member-only resources on the NAPE website, including the Advocacy Toolkit. If you don’t have a user name and password for the NAPE website yet, just click on Get a Password on the Log in page.
To make congressional office outreach easier, NAPE’s Advocacy Toolkit provides NSEE participants with congressional office website links for the House and Senate, staff contacts for the House Committee on Education and Workforce and the Senate Help Committee; and a ‘how to’ webinar on Meeting With Your Member of Congress: Preparing for NSEE’s Public Policy Day to assist in scheduling office appointments with Members of the House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate and congressional staff.
NSEE participants are also encouraged to schedule appointments with their federal agency contacts at the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor to share NAPE’s equity and education policy platform.
NAPE requests NSEE participants to ‘document’ their congressional and federal agency visits, using the forms provided in NAPE’s congressional policy packets.
Transportation is provided to the Public Policy Day events on Capitol Hill from the Hilton Crystal City Hotel. Participants are invited to spend the afternoon meeting with members of Congress in the afternoon. For tips on getting back to the hotel that afternoon, please review the travel page.