AFSA Blog

CSO Local 4 Members Earn Georgetown Master’s Degrees

This past December, 23 principals in D.C. Public Schools graduated from the Georgetown Executive Master’s in Leadership Program. Of the 23 graduates of Cohort 1, 16 were members of the Council of School Officers (CSO), AFSA Local 4. The program is run in collaboration with Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and D.C. Public Schools. It is designed to enable [...]

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PANOPSI Receives Favorable Appeals Court Ruling

In a unanimous decision on Jan. 15, a five-judge panel of the Louisiana Court of Appeal for the 4th Circuit ruled that approximately 7,500 former New Orleans public school employees fired after Hurricane Katrina “were deprived of the constitutionally protected property right to be recalled to employment without due process of the law.” During the appeals process, lawyers said the [...]

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New York Local Helps to Spearhead ASD Program

  The Nest program, which supports students living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), is growing steadily in New York schools. Until recently this program was available only to elementary students, but now in response to demands from parents and educators, the program is gaining ground for students continuing to higher grades. Jessica Jackson, assistant principal of Staten Island’s Paulo Intermediate [...]

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The Sacred Trust of Serving Homeless Students By Ernest Logan

Every day, we pass homeless children on our subways and streets, and few of us see them as they are. They’re usually not recognizable as homeless unless desperate-eyed parents pushing battered metal shopping carts accompany them. On their own, children are just children, circumstances unknown, like the “Invisible Child” in The New York Times series: an 11-year-old girl named Dasani [...]

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AFSA President Diann Woodard Honored by Activist Network

AFSA President Diann Woodard Honored by Activist Network

AFSA President Diann Woodard was honored at the Southeastern Michigan Union Community Activist Network Graduation Banquet on April 5. Greater Detroit Southeastern Michigan Union Community Activist Network puts on the Graduation Banquet annually with the Metropolitan Detroit AFL-CIO and United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s Labor Department. There were 25 local chapters present from 12 different unions, AFSA among them. The [...]

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AFSA Seeks Improvements in Strengthening America’s Schools Act

In December 2013, AFSA delivered a letter to the full Senate outlining the union’s general position on the major provisions of the Strengthening America’s Schools Act of 2013 (SASA) legislation that would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The letter also included more detailed recommendations for principal evaluation and training. While voicing support for many of the initiatives [...]

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AFSA, NAESP and NASSP Collaborate to Advocate for More Professional Development Funding

AFSA has long advocated for increased professional development opportunities for school leaders. One of the primary programs for professional development funding for principals and assistant principals is Title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). However, the Department of Education recently found that districts only use an average of 4% of their allowable Title II dollars for principal [...]

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AFL-CIO Executive Council Meeting Focuses on Women, Young Workers

  The AFL-CIO’s Executive Council met on Feb. 18 in Houston, where AFSA President Diann Woodard, vice chair of the Committee on Women Workers, actively engaged in a discussion on economic security, paid sick days, family leave and pay equity. The committee emphasized the importance of women’s leadership and of the labor movement increasing its public role in women’s issues. [...]

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War on Poverty’s 50th Anniversary: Where Are We?

  In the 50 years since then-President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a War on Poverty during his State of the Union address, strategy for strengthening America’s lower and middle classes has been an issue of ongoing debate in the United States. Recently, in honor of this anniversary, both the Children’s Defense Fund and the Council of Economic Advisers released reports [...]

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Principals Speak Out: Legal action pending after five Newark principals suspended for voicing concern over Superintendent Cami Anderson’s One Newark plan

Five principals from schools across the city of Newark, N.J., received formal letters suspending them on Jan. 17 for an “incident” that allegedly took place two days prior. The “incident” appeared to be related to four of the principals attending community meetings held to speak out against upcoming school changes and closures due to state-appointed Superintendent Cami Anderson’s proposed One [...]

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