ADVOCACY INFORMATION 

BROUGHT BY THE ADVOCACY COMMITTEE - Matthew Vignieri

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School Psychologist Shortages
Draft letter for use  The 1:2475 ratio has not been
reduced in 23 years. NASP's model
recommends a ratio of 1:1000 or
less to be able to provide effective
school psychological services.



A Day at the Capitol

ยท         Day at the Capitol 2018 - Tuesday Feb 6, 2018 - Stay tuned for opportunities next year to participate in advocating.
More information to come. 

ESSA Implementation Plan

Consolidated Plan
DOE link

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

ESSA takes effect at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year and it is critical that key decision-makers understand the unique role of school psychologists. To help support this, NASP has created a series of fact sheets about portions of the law and the role of school psychologists. For each key topic, there is a fact sheet to help educate school psychologists about their role in ESSA and a companion fact sheet for school administrators and other key decision makers that articulates specific ways school psychologists can help with effective ESSA implementation and, most importantly, improve outcomes for all students.  ESSA Implementation Resource for School Psychologists NASP’s page.

GA's ESSA Plan

First Priority Act (Failing Schools Plan)


General Assembly Legislation

2017 Legislative Recap

2018 Issues & Budget highlights


Education Reform Commission (ERC)

The final report from Governor Deal’s Education Reform Commission generated recommendations and potential bills which may be moving through the General Assembly during the 2017 Session.

Twitter: @GASP_Advocacy follow us for important legislative information.


OTHER INFORMATION AND ACTION LINKS

National Association of School Psychologists Advocacy Action Center:

NASP has an Advocacy Action Center website as well as research & policy.

Receiving Updates:

Please remember to sign up to receive legislative updates from other professional educator associations in Georgia and nationwide. You can sign up to receive legislative updates from the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) advocacy site. The Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) Legislative Action Center is also a good resource to follow. In addition, the National Education Association’s (NEA) Legislative Action Center is a useful resource and you can sign up to receive NEA legislative updates from them.

Local School Board Meetings:

o Members are encouraged to consider attending their local school board meetings. This is an excellent way to advocate for our profession at the local level and may also serve to influence changes that may be of benefit to school psychologists and/or the families they serve.

Summary Legislative Links

PAGE 2016 GA Legislation Session Archive - Governor Deal's VETO statements

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GASP's response that was requested from us during the 2016 legislative session concerning HB 395. HB 395 never made it out of the Health and Human Services Committee- House Second Readers. This Bill sought to define and restrict certain professions for conducting psychological testing. This bill was apparently addressing licensed professionals and scope of practice but due to the nature of the content- GASP board crafted a response to the language in the bill.

GASP's Response to language in HB 395

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GASP ADVOCACY COMMITTEE

The views, opinions, and positions expressed within hyperlinked websites do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or positions of the Georgia Association of School Psychologists.

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2017 PPI Application Closed (for those who wish to attend PPI training in Wash DC in the summer)



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