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School Advocacy Resources

Legislation and Regulation

School Funding Advocacy
This page was developed by ASHA's School Finance Committee in an effort to help ASHA members better identify and understand the complex and multiple funding processes involved in public school-based services from federal, state, and local perspectives.

Success Stories
Learn how school based SLPs have successfully advocated for improved conditions in their district.

A Guide to Advocating for Increased Salaries and Additional Benefits in Your School District
Schools FI 2004 is a Web-based document for members who wish to advocate for higher salaries and additional benefits with their school unions and administrators.

Advocacy in Action: A State Model for Change
This guide was developed to assist state speech-language-hearing associations interested in engaging in state-level advcocacy efforts create an effective state advocacy program and contains tips for analyzing a state's potential for successful advocacy.

Advocating for Higher Salaries and Extra Benefits from Your Local School District
A Web-based document for members who wish to advocate for higher salaries and additional benefits with their school unions and administrators. This user-friendly guide provides information on how to prepare and present a compelling case for change, identify and influence decision makers, and allows you to hear from other speech-language pathologists who have successfully negotiated changes with their administration.

State Advocacy Guidebook for the Salary Supplement Initiative
Contains a side-by-side comparison of ASHA and NBPTS certification, talking points, tough questions and answers on salary supplement funding by states, a copy of a letter from ASHA President, John Bernthal, describing a meeting with the National Board, a copy of the Mississippi salary supplement law, documentation of the Minnesota Council for the Advancement of Accomplished Teaching (MCAAT) determination of the equivalency of NBPTS and ASHA certification, and tips on working with the media.

IDEA and ESEA: Intersection of Access and Outcomes
This webpage from the National Education Association (NEA) clarifies the relationship of IDEA and NCLB and the impact on students with disabilities.

Advocating for Special Education Working Conditions [PDF] (NEA 2004)
This guide, developed by the National Education Association, is a resource focused on the working conditions of general and special educators who work with students with disabilities.

Appropriate School Facilities for Students with Speech-Language Hearing Disorders
This document is intended to serve as a reference for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, parents, teachers, administrators, and school boards. It contains minimum requirements for creating optimal learning and assessment environments for students. It is designed to be a substantiating reference for use when building a new school, redesigning an existing structure, and/or advocating for improvement of facility work conditions.

Working for Change: A Guide for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists in Schools [PDF]
This self-study packet offers strategies on how to negotiate with school unions/associations and school administrators to advocate for identified individual and local needs.

State Education Advocacy Leaders (SEALs)
For information on state education issues or state advocacy efforts related to school services, contact your State Education Advocacy Leader (SEAL).

Related Organizations

U.S. Department of Education
This Web page features NCLB legislation, regulations, guidance and policy letters.

The National Alliance of Pupil Services Organizations (NAPSO)
The NAPSO organization represents over a million members, including school counselors, school nurses, psychologists, school psychologists, social workers and school social workers; occupational therapists, physical therapists, art therapists, dance/movement therapists, and music therapists; speech-language pathologists and audiologists; teachers, students, parents, and administrators. ASHA is proud to participate in and co-chair this Alliance.

The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE)
The CADRE works to increase the nation's capacity to effectively resolve special education and early intervention disputes by encouraging the use of mediation and other collaborative strategies to resolve disagreements. CADRE works with state and local education and early intervention systems, parent centers, families and educators to improve programs and results for children with disabilities.

ASHA Corporate Partners