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Prioritizing Student Online Safety in Your School

Prioritizing Student Online Safety in Your School

Guest Blog Post By Rob Yoegel Your school or district likely isn’t much different than Redding School District in Northern California. Sure, you might have a larger student population, and be separated by hundreds, if not thousands of miles, but you both are looking for new ways to create digital learning environments that facilitate critical thinking, creativity and collaboration. When [...]

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Workers Memorial Day Commemorated Across the Country as We Fight for Better Workplace Safety Standards

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Workers Memorial Day: Today, on Workers Memorial Day, we take time to commemorate all those who lost their lives while on the job. We reflect on how far we have come in making workplaces safer and healthier, and how much farther we still have to go to ensure all working people have the [...]

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Jazz Artist and Education Secretary Launch Math, Science, and Music Toolkit

Just days before International Jazz Day, the Math, Science & Music initiative, a free online toolkit, was launched by Education Secretary John B. King and Grammy Award-winning jazz artist Herbie Hancock on April 26, reports POLITICO Pro. This new curriculum was developed by professors and uses music to teach math and science in the classroom and offers resources to students [...]

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New Toolkit and Grants for Formerly Incarcerated Students Announced

In an effort to raise awareness on the needs of formerly incarcerated Americans returning to their communities, Education Secretary John B. King Jr. announced a new toolkit that will help schools assist formerly incarcerated students and children of prisoners, reports POLITICO Pro. King made the big announcement on April 25 at Benjamin Banneker High School in Washington, D.C. Also, King [...]

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New Study Raises Concerns About Changes to School Improvement Grants

POLITICO Pro reports that a study recently found that out of a dozen schools that received School Improvement Grants (SIG) from 2010-11 to 2012-13, most of the teachers in seven schools felt their schools made improvements during the grant period. However, only two of the 12 schools appear to be able to sustain those improvements in the long run. The [...]

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Senate Passes AP Week Resolution

We have been celebrating assistant principals for their hard work and dedication to schools all this week. Giving us another reason to celebrate this week of festivities, the Senate passed a resolution expressing April 11 – 15 as National Assistant Principals Week on April 14, 2016. The resolution was introduced by Sens. David Perdue (R-GA) and Thomas Carper (D-DE). We hope [...]

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‘Do Your Job’ Rally Held at Supreme Court

‘Do Your Job’ Rally Held at Supreme Court

Calling on Senate Republicans to do their job and hold a fair hearing and an up-or-down vote for Supreme Court nominee Chief Judge Merrick Garland, working Americans rallied in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, April 13. The rally was organized by MoveOn.org, People for the American Way, AFGE, CWA, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), CREDO [...]

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Senate HELP Committee Hearing on ESSA Implementation

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, chaired by Senator Alexander (R-TN) held a hearing to discuss newly appointed Secretary King’s plans for how the U.S. Department of Education (the Department) intends to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) through rulemaking, guidance, and technical assistance on April 12. The hearing was mainly focused on the current areas [...]

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Ed Dept. Releases Draft Regulations on ESSA Testing & Spending

The U.S. Department of Education has released draft regulations on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) testing and spending issues, reports Education Week. The spending portion of the law is called “supplement-not-supplant” and governs how local and state dollars interact with federal Title 1 spending for students in poverty. Ed Week has provided some of the main points of the [...]

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St. Louis AFSA GEB Meeting Summary

St. Louis AFSA GEB Meeting Summary

Gathering for the second meeting of 2016, the AFSA General Executive Board was in St. Louis, MO on March 31 through April 1. The meetings began with a visit to Bertha Gilkey PAMOJA Elementary/Middle Academy of the St. Louis Public Schools District. The GEB met with President of and Principal of the Administrators Association of the St. Louis Public Schools [...]

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