Congressman Visits ASHA Member in San Diego U.S. Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-Calif.), chair of the Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee of the House Education and Workforce Committee, met in June with ASHA members, other school staff, and students at Vista Grande Elementary School in San Diego, Calif. Hunter, who represents California’s 52nd congressional district, ... ASHA News
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Congressman Visits ASHA Member in San Diego
The ASHA Leader, September 2011, Vol. 16, 44. doi:10.1044/leader.AN2.16092011.44
The ASHA Leader, September 2011, Vol. 16, 44. doi:10.1044/leader.AN2.16092011.44
U.S. Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-Calif.), chair of the Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee of the House Education and Workforce Committee, met in June with ASHA members, other school staff, and students at Vista Grande Elementary School in San Diego, Calif.
Hunter, who represents California’s 52nd congressional district, was elected to his first House term in 2008, succeeding his father, Duncan L. Hunter, who retired after serving 14 consecutive terms in Congress.
Hunter’s subcommittee has jurisdiction over federal K–12 education programs, including No Child Left Behind/Elementary and Secondary Education Act (NCLB/ESEA) and the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
The visit was in response to an invitation from ASHA member Claudia Dunaway, a speech-language pathologist. “We knew our representative in Congress was shaping federal education policy and wanted to show him the impact SLPs have on literacy development of students in his local district,” Dunaway said.
Hunter spent more than an hour at the school, observing Dunaway facilitate academic talk and critical thinking in an inclusive classroom, talking with the students, and then meeting with school district staff. Hunter learned more about the innovative ways in which special education and general education work together to support all students when given the flexibility to do so. ASHA members offered to be an expert resource for the congressman and pledged to work with him in the future.
Advocate for Education

ASHA members in pre-school, K–12, or higher education settings are encouraged to invite their representatives and senators to a meeting, event, or lesson observation. Interested ASHA members should contact the representative’s scheduler by phone to determine each office’s protocols for invitations. A few hints:

  • You may need to call or e-mail the official’s office several times to secure a spot on the calendar.

  • Target meetings for periods of time in which representatives are not scheduled to be in Washington, D.C.

  • Be flexible. Unique events such as a graduation, health screening day, ground breaking, or staff meeting can be selected as a venue for a visit, although a class or intervention session would be equally interesting.

For more information, contact Neil Snyder, director of federal advocacy, at nsnyder@asha.org.

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