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GOP Proposal to Reauthorize ESEA Does Too Little to Promote Equity

The Senate education committee convened last week, which released Senator Alexander’s discussion draft of the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind. This caused school leaders to be concerned if the bill were to pass. AFSA, NAESP, NASSP released a joint statement saying, “Perhaps the largest omission is any acknowledgment of the significant role principals play in student achievement. The discussion draft, [...]

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Kasim Reed, Atlanta Mayor

AFSA Attends MLK Civil and Human Rights Conference

From January 15-19, AFSA joined hundreds of union and civil rights activists in honoring the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the AFL-CIO’s 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference in Atlanta. Attendees participated in plenary sessions, workshops and panels, in order to build knowledge and skills on a wide range [...]

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First Meeting of 2015 for AFSA GEB

On Friday, January 16 and Saturday, January 17, AFSA committees and full General Executive Board met for their first official meeting of 2015. Program Committee The AFSA Program Committee continued it’s planning for the AFSA Fourteenth Triennial Convention, July 23-27, 2015 in New Orleans, LA. The theme for the convention is Engaged Leadership for a Brighter Future. The committee worked [...]

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Proposed Changes to NCLB Raise Major Concerns for Educators

On January 13, Senator Lamar Alexander, Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee, released a discussion draft laying out his priorties to reauthorize ESEA. The discussion draft would revamp No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and significantly reduce the federal role in education. If the bill is passed, current funding structures would be changed by consolidating most programs [...]

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AFSA Helps Launch New Student Grief Resource for Educators

On Tuesday, January 13, the Coalition to Support Grieving Students released the first-ever bereavement resource for educators. In a groundbreaking initiative to reach the millions of grieving students nationwide, the innovative multimedia resource, grievingstudents.org, is designed to empower educators and school professionals in their efforts to support grieving students. Grief has been proven to have a negative impact on a [...]

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CSA Scores New Contract

On December 6th at the annual convention for the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators (CSA), AFSA Local 1, Ernest Logan, president of CSA announced a new contract with New York City that will substantially raise salaries and give members back pay. CSA members have been working without a contract since 2010. Logan fought to make sure the new contract [...]

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Spending Bill Directs Education Department to Focus Attention on Principal Professional Development

Spending Bill Directs Education Department to Focus Attention on Principal Professional Development

Despite several disappointing cuts, the recently approved federal spending measure included report language that AFSA, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NASSP) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NAESP) strongly advocated for throughout 2014 that supports and recognizes the importance of school leaders, their continuously expanding role and the pressing need for their professional development. In a joint [...]

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New Report Finds Controversial “Renew Newark” Plan to be a Failure

A new report by Alliance for the Newark Public Schools highlights the failures of Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson’s controversial “Renew Schools” program. The report found that not only were the student outcomes not met, but that student achievement actually dropped. The Alliance for the Newark Public Schools is a coalition compromised of various professional and community groups including AFSA local [...]

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President Diann Woodard Responds to US Congress Spending Bill Agreement

Late Tuesday evening Congressional leaders agreed to a $1.1 Trillion deal to keep most government programs funded through September 2015. The House and Senate are expected to vote on the measure later this week. In response to the agreement, AFSA President Diann Woodard released the following statement: “We are pleased that Congress came together to do the necessary hard work [...]

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Newark Superintendant Cami Anderson Cancels AEI Appearance

Today AFSA joined with fellow educators, parents and students to attend “The story of Newark: Cami Anderson on the challenges, successes, and lessons of school reform,” at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, DC. While Anderson, who took office as superintendent of Newark Public Schools in 2011, was supposed to share her perspective on the status of her school [...]

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