September 18, 2018
AESA Bylaws Amendments: Voting is Open
AESA is a member-organization. Members are asked to vote on all proposed amendments to the Bylaws according to the currently approved AESA Bylaws.

Each ESA organization is allowed one vote and the CEO for the organization is designated as the person to cast the vote. 
Bylaws Amendments Proposed by Executive Council

Voting is now open for members to weigh-in on bylaw amendments.

The major proposed changes to the Bylaws (document attached to the online ballot) include:
  • Updating the descriptions of AESA membership;
  • Adding a non-voting member representing the State Association Executive Directors on the Executive Council;
  • Allowing that amendments to the Bylaws may be made with a three-fourths majority of the Executive Council; and,
  • Allowing Executive Council meetings via teleconferencing with electronic voting.
There are other minor changes, all of which are highlighted in the document attached to the online ballot.

AESA's Executive Council voted to submit these proposed Bylaw changes to AESA voting membership at the Council’s summer 2018 meeting following a second and final reading. These proposed changes have also been reviewed extensively with legal counsel.
How to Vote

The election period runs from  Thursday, September 6, 2018, 10 am to   Thursday, September 20, 2018, 10 pm .

Easy and secure, we are using an on-line voting service called . This voting system authenticates the participant as an eligible voter and verifies that only the designated person on record can cast the organization's vote. 
When participants click on the link SENT TO THEM IN AN EMAIL they choose the " Login via Email " option on the right and enter their email address. Authenticated participants are then taken directly to the online ballot.

The deadline is TOMORROW.

If you have already voted - thank you!

If you are a CEO of a member organization, and have not yet voted, please check your email or watch for the reminder email coming soon. Please vote so your organization's voice is represented as an AESA member.
Join Us! September 26-28 for AESA's
2018 Federal Advocacy Conference
Wednesday, 1- 4 p.m.
Get Ready for Advocacy
Veteran or novice, everyone is sure to take away an advocacy tip or two. You can immediately apply what you learn to your trips to Capitol Hill later in the week!

New! Legislative Breakfast
Thursday, 7:30 a.m.
Start the day at a legislative breakfast!
Information Sessions on Thursday & Friday
Providing the latest updates on federal policy issues including:
  • Higher Education Act and Teacher Shortages

  • E-Rate, School Connectivity, and Schools

  • Fiscal Policy in ESSA: Be on the Lookout

  • State Policy Matters

  • 2018 Elections and What They May Mean for Education

  • More!

Please note: Attendees are asked to pre-schedule their own meetings with legislators.

New Keynote Speaker Added to
AESA's Annual Conference
Rachel’s Challenge is coming to AESA’s 2018 Annual Conference. Mr. Darrell Scott, pictured left, is the father of the late Rachel Scott. She was a young victim of the Columbine High School tragedy.

Her story inspired her family to build the non-profit organization, named in her honor, Rachel’s Challenge.

Dedicated to helping schools, Rachel’s Challenge brings a message of hope and change to students and young people everywhere. After his address at Thursday’s luncheon, Mr. Scott will take part in a Deep Dive session later in the day.

Mr. Scott’s presentation is just one part of AESA’s fantastic conference lineup. See conference registration link below.

AESA's Annual Conference . It's going to be great !

Legislative Update
The minibus appropriation bills could be considered by Congress this week and next week.

Things are changing at lightning speed. Here is September's legislative update from AESA's federal legislative advocacy team.
Business Partnerships: 
The Power of Bulk Purchasing

In a recent article in the magazine District Administrator, George Wilson, Executive Director of Association of Education Purchasing Agencies (AEPA), is highlighted. The article is about the power of cooperative purchasing.

AESA Affinity Groups Keep Growing!

Leadership is an  Activity , not a  Position .

This NEW leadership affinity group will explore the actions and activities of leadership from the personal, team, and organizational growth perspectives. As a group, we will determine the growth areas as we progress through the meetings. 

For more information on how to join, please visit the AESA website.

Don't Forget:
Nominations Open for Executive Council
Nominations for AESA's Executive Council are open through September 21, 2018.

All nomination materials can be found on the AESA Website Executive Council Page . We urge you to consider running for a council position. Nomination form, biographical statement, signed pledge letter, and a digital picture are due via email to John Bass at no later than September 21, 2018 .