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Senate Passes Assistant Principals Week Resolution

114th CONGRESS 1st Session S. RES. 146 Expressing support for the designation of the week of April 13 through April 17, 2015, as `National Assistant Principals Week’. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES April 22, 2015 Mr. ISAKSON (for himself, Mr. CARDIN, Mr. PERDUE, and Ms. MIKULSKI) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to RESOLUTION Expressing [...]

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Senate HELP Committee Amendments to Every Child Achieves Act

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee voted unanimously to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), through the bipartisan Every Child Achieves Act 2015 (ECAA). The bill is likely to pass the Senate, but the bill is not on the Senate floor calendar yet. The Committee ultimately passed 29 amendments and defeated 8 amendments. The Committee [...]

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Education Secretary Defends President’s FY2016 Budget Request

Education Secretary Arne Duncan testified before the Senate Appropriations Labor-HHS Subcommittee on April 16, 2015 and defended the President’s fiscal year 2016 Department of Education Budget Request, which calls for a $3.6 billion or 5.4% increase over 2015 spending. Since President Obama’s $70.7 billion dollar budget request does not adhere to the spending caps required by the Budget Control Act [...]

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Support the Future of Principals in ESEA Mark-Up

Support the Future of Principals in ESEA Mark-Up

After years of intensive advocacy by groups representing the nation’s principals, Congress is recognizing the need to dedicate funding specifically to support principal preparation and ongoing professional development. This acknowledgement of the vitally important work of principals in our nation’s schools comes in the bipartisan Senate proposal to reauthorize ESEA, released last week, which includes language from the School Principal Recruitment [...]

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Happy National Assistant Principals Week!

AFSA, the National Association of Secondary School Principals National Assistant Principals Week (NASSP), National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) have declared this week of April 13-17 as National Assistant Principals Week. This week will recognize and honor all the contributions of assistant principals in our school communities. Let assistant principals know that all their hard work is appreciated. Twitter: [...]

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National Day of Action: Overhaul ESEA/NCLB

AFSA encourages you to participate in FairTest’s National Day of Action today, April 8, by contacting your U.S Senators and joining the Twitter storm. Together we can urge the Senate Education Committee to reduce testing requirement as it debates renewal of Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind. Please take a few minutes to tell your Senator you want [...]

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New Report: How Do School Leaders Respond to Competition?

According to POLITICO Pro, schools in New Orleans felt so much pressure to compete with other schools in the district that about one third of them said they deliberately selected or excluded certain students. The Education Research Alliance for New Orleans released a report in which they conducted about 70 interviews with administrators from about 30 randomly selected schools during [...]

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7,500 Fired New Orleans Teachers Fight for Justice

Attorney Willie Zanders filed a petition in October 2014 for the U.S. Supreme Court to review Louisiana Supreme Courts decision not in favor of the wrongful termination of all 7,500 Orleans Parish public school employees nearly ten years ago. The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled 5-2 against the public school employees stating that the employee’s rights were not violated and the [...]

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Principal Unions Send Joint Letter to Policymakers on Title II Funds

AFSA continues to advocate for increased support of principal professional development in the reauthorization of ESEA, and through the appropriations process. Together with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), AFSA has sent a letter to the Senate and House Appropriations staff. Congress must provide direction in the appropriation of the [...]

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A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service

A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service

AFSA has come together with other national organizations to create A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service. Without any taxpayer funding, the United States Postal Service serves 150 million households and businesses each day, providing affordable, universal mail service to all. The U.S. Postal Service belongs to “We, the People.”  But the USPS and postal jobs are threatened by [...]

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