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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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Happy Veteran’s Day from AFSA!

While we owe veterans our deepest gratitude year round, today on Veterans Day we pause as a nation to thank and honor the brave men and women of the past and present who have risked and lost their lives protecting our freedom and our American way of life. One of the best ways we can honor these heroes, is to [...]

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A Wakeup Call for School Leaders

By Diann Woodard What do you say after an election night like November 4th? We lost. As a matter of fact, some have called it “a bloodbath.”  A bloodbath that has us looking at each other wondering how did this happen?   But was it really a surprise? Since the 2008 Presidential election, we have been searching to fulfill our mandate [...]

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Increased Professional Development for Principals and School Leaders is Necessary for Long-Term Retention of Leaders and School Improvement

A recently released School Leaders Network report, entitled “CHURN: The High Cost of Principal Turnover,” found that schools, leaders, educators, and students face significant hardships when districts ignore principal retention. According to the report, 25,000 principals leave their schools after their first year on the job and 50% quit during their third year. High poverty schools are particularly hard hit [...]

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UFT Works to Defend Teacher Protections

Politico reports that in New York, the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) has filed a motion to dismiss two lawsuits that are aimed at overturning many teacher job protections, including teacher tenure. The two lawsuits were combined this fall. The first was filed by former CNN news anchor Campbell Brown. Several parents organized the other suit. They name the state, [...]

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Happy National Principals Month!

To honor the dedication, commitment, and passion for public education, AFSA is supporting the 2014 October National Principals Month. This is a time to celebrate the tremendous job principals and school administrators do  every day in our schools. Without this professional leadership, fostering a culture of learning, guiding instruction, engaging teachers and staff, and connecting with students, high quality learning [...]

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Department of Education Commits $20 million to School Leadership Training

On Wednesday October 1st, The Education Department, in an effort to turn around the nation’s lowest performing schools, awarded the School Improvement Grant program $20 million dollars. The money will be geared towards leadership training.   AFSA is excited about the grant and the changes it will bring about. Many aspects go into being effective school leaders and we are [...]

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Golf Program Looks to Give Children Brighter Futures

AFSA  knows that job of an educator is not only to teach academic subjects, but to also foster the personal development of students. The First Tee, a golf program, holds positive personal development in the same high regard as AFSA members do.   The First Tee’s Mission is “to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that [...]

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