One of my plans for retirement, aside from traveling as much as possible, was to focus more attention on advocacy. It was difficult to do this while working for a school for two reasons. One was obviously time. Visits to many of the people at the local and state level needed to occur during working hours. Secondly, such visits were discouraged by the district because they wanted their 'authorized' representatives making the contacts. One of the biggest problems with that is those representatives did not understand the issues specific to second langauge students.