AFSA Blog

2016 NY Fiscal Budget Includes Free Breakfast for Students

According to POLITICO Pro, free in-classroom breakfast for students is now included in the  NYC 2016 fiscal year budget. Anti-hunger advocates praised New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council for the decision, after months of lobbying.   The budget includes $17.9 million to provide in-classroom breakfast at 530 elementary schools and will reach 339,000 students by fiscal [...]

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Letter Sent to Senate in Preparation for ESEA Floor Debate

AFSA signed onto a joint letter with the National Coalition for Public Education and several other organizations opposing Portability and Vouchers in S. 1177, the Every Child Act. The letter was sent to the Senate in preparation for ESEA hitting the floor next Tuesday, July 7.   The letter begins with:   “Dear Senator: The undersigned organizations write to express [...]

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Seven States and DC Have NCLB Waivers Renewed

POLITICO Pro recently reported that the Education Department has granted three-year waiver renewals through the 2017-18 school year to Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, West Virginia and D.C., extending their reprieve from parts of No Child Left Behind into the next presidential administration. New York received a four-year renewal through the 2018-19 school year. Kentucky, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina [...]

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FY16 Bill Status: House Funding Bill Eliminates Education Programs

AFSA, along with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and New Leaders sent a joint letter to Chairmen Blunt and Cole and Ranking Members Murray and DeLauro urging them to continue funding the School Leadership Program in the Fiscal Year 2016 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill (Read the full letter here).   The House [...]

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UPDATE: Cami Anderson Removed as State Appointed Superintendent of Newark Public Schools

New Jersey Commissioner of Education David Hespe announced on June 22 the release of Cami Anderson as State appointed Newark Public School Superintendent. Anderson, who has one year left on her contract, will be released from her post on July 8, 2015. She will be replaced by former New Jersey Public School Commissioner Christopher Cerf. He will serve as interim [...]

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President Woodard Calls for Removal of Newark Superintendent

American Federation of School Administrators President Diann Woodard recently sent a letter to the New Jersey State Board of Education in support of the June 3 petition asking for the removal of Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson. President Woodard explains how “Anderson’s failure to adequately provide for special needs students, her elimination of appropriate supervisory and support staff to meet the [...]

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Support Newark Principal Standing Up for Special Education Students

Please support a brave Newark Principal who currently needs all our help.  Sharnee Brown is an AFSA and City Association of Supervisors and Administrators (CASA), AFSA Local 20 member who is standing up for Special Education students in Newark.   “This year, the projected number of incoming Special Education (SPED) freshmen for Central High School, a comprehensive public high school, [...]

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Say No to Secret Trade Deals

Say No to Secret Trade Deals

Fast Track is a process used to negotiate massive trade deals, without transparency, that will ship jobs overseas to Asia, Central America, and other low-wage regions of the world. This results in lower wages for U.S. workers, weakened food safety regulations, and poor financial oversight. When these types of decisions are made behind closed doors, they tend to benefit the [...]

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STEM Teacher Loan Forgiveness Bill Introduced

Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) introduced the STEM K to Career Act that would create a pathway to success for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) students and professionals. If passed, the legislation would make changes to the Higher Education Act (HEA) and would “provide federal student loan relief to STEM teachers, provide tax credits to certain employers that provide internships [...]

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Strong Start for America’s Children Act Invests in Early Childhood Education

The American Federation of School Administrators strongly supports the Strong Start for America’s Children Act, legislation that would expand quality preschool programs. Introduced by U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, the 10-year innovative federal-state partnership would expand and improve early learning opportunities for children from birth to age five. [...]

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