Recently, misinformation about changes to Michigan’s Public Employment Relations Act (PERA) have added complications to collective bargaining, with unwarranted and illegal restrictions being applied to labor organizations representing school administrators. Enacted in 1965, PERA governs Michigan’s public-sector collective bargaining. In 2011, the legislature added eight prohibited subjects for bargaining, including among other items: placement; standards for layoff and recall; and [...]
Last year as the holiday season approached its peak, the unthinkable happened in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14. Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary School and opened fire on innocent school community members, killing 20 students—all ages 6 and 7—and six adults, including Sandy Hook Principal Dawn Hochsprung, an AFSA member. The story shook the world; how could this happen at an elementary school.
In July, the city of Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy with an estimated $18 to $20 billion in debt. While cuts already have threatened benefits in Detroit, such as pensions for firefighters and pay cuts for police officers, the question remains—what does this mean for Detroit public schools? “I suspect we will [feel an impact],” said Debbie Ake, president [...]
By Diann Woodard In towns and cities across America you can hear the faint wisp of a collective sigh of relief—an exhale, if you will. In these communities, Americans have taken back their rights to govern themselves. In New York, after 12 years of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, voters said, “No more.” They voted for someone who ran on the notion [...]
On Oct. 16, 2013, President Obama signed legislation approved by Congress to end a 16-day government shutdown. The deal funded the government through Jan. 15, 2014, and raised the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling until Feb. 7,2014, thus avoiding a potentially disastrous default in late October 2013. The end of the shutdown sent hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal workers back [...]
Thanks to a new plan to reform the federal E-rate program, which connects schools and public libraries to the Internet, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) could add Internet access to another 6 percent of schools in the United States as early as the fall of 2014. This marks a step forward for President Obama’s ConnectED initiative to bring high-speed Internet [...]
Despite the government’s 16-day shutdown and a shaky start with online registration failures across the country, the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, moved into full swing Oct. 1. With accusations and claims being asserted by both sides, understanding what the updates actually mean for Americans can seem overwhelming.
On November 8, the American Federation of Teachers presented Gwendolyn Payton, principal of Anne Beers Elementary School and member of AFSA Local 4, the Council of School Officers in Washington, D.C., a $5000 award made possible by the AFL-CIO Adopt-A-School program. The program is designed to award 20 public schools across the nation a one-time grant of $5000 in commemoration [...]
Strong Start for America’s Children Act is Announced Calling for an Increase in Early Learning Opportunities
On Wednesday, November 13th Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Representative George Miller (D-CA) and Representative Richard Hanna (R-NY) introduced bi-partisan legislation, which AFSA has officially endorsed, to improve the access and affordability of high-quality learning programs. The act would make early education a reality for nearly 20 million low and moderate income children who desperately need access to early learning services. AFSA [...]