This Labor Day we honor the tremendous sacrifice, dedication and accomplishments of America’s workers. It is a time to gather with friends and family to celebrate this hard work that is the foundation of our nation. Labor Day signifies the promise that if you work hard in this country, you will have a decent wage, job security, freedom from harassment [...]
Last week, AFSA Secretary Wendi Capporicci attended a luncheon held by the Unified Administrators of Oakland Schools (UAOS), AFSA Local Local 83, to usher in the beginning of a new school year. As a past president of UAOS, Caporicci says the current president, Lauran Cherry, “gave an inspiring speech completing her first year as president.” UAOS stands united with AFSA [...]
The First Five Years Fund debuted the findings of a bipartisan poll on early childhood education at the National Polling Briefing, “America Speaks: Grow America stronger with early childhood education” on July 17. The results demonstrated that early childhood education was not only a very important issue to the voters but also a top-tier national issue. The poll showed that [...]
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Minority Leader and other House Democrats unveiled their new economic agenda to mobilize the middle class on July 16.
Half the children in American public schools are low income and one million are homeless. Yet today’s school reform agenda dismisses poverty as just an excuse. Join the National Superintendents Roundtable via videostream as it explores these issues in Chicago, July 11 and 12. Presentations (all times Central): 6:00 pm, Friday, July 11: Kent McGuire of the Southern Education Foundation [...]
This webinar explores the 21st century school which is composed of classrooms that reflect great student diversity. This change in school dynamics makes it necessary for school leaders and staff to expand their perspectives in learning and managing instructional best practices set to high teaching and learning expectations for the entire school community.
On June 23, Diann Woodard, AFSA President; Wendi Caporicci, AFSA Secretary (Local 83 in Oakland, CA); Sandra Inga (Local 22 in Hartford, CT) and Aona Jefferson (Local 4 in Washington, D.C.), both AFSA Executive Board members, enjoyed a powerful discussion of American work-life balance and work flexibility at The White House Summit on Working Families. There, our nations most powerful [...]
Last week, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President, Randi Weingarten, delivered a keynote speech at an American Enterprise Institute (AEI) sponsored event, where she expressed her concerns about Common Core testing. Recent debate about whether unions are a problem or solution for public schools sparked Weingarten’s opening statement, where she explained how the media blinds many from seeing the positive [...]
International benchmarking was one requirement of new Common Core Standards. This has sparked much debate regarding whether or not they are comparable to other countries, or if our educational standards are still falling short compared to other countries, reports U.S. News. In an early study lead by Andrew Porter, the dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s education school, concluded that [...]
In light of impending congressional amendments to FERPA, the US Department of Education issued guidelines on June 2, 2014 aimed to support foster care students. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law implemented in 1974 that is designed to give students and their parents the right to their information while protecting it from third parties. [...]