AFSA Blog

Poll Results Indicate America’s Support of Early Childhood Education

The First Five Years Fund debuted the findings of a bipartisan poll on early childhood education at the National Polling Briefing, “America Speaks: Grow America stronger with early childhood education” on July 17. The results demonstrated that early childhood education was not only a very important issue to the voters but also a top-tier national issue. The poll showed that [...]

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House Democrats Set Plan To Aid Middle Class, Further Education

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Minority Leader and other House Democrats unveiled their new economic agenda to mobilize the middle class on July 16.

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Free Live Video Stream on Latest Children and Poverty Research

Half the children in American public schools are low income and one million are homeless. Yet today’s school reform agenda dismisses poverty as just an excuse. Join the National Superintendents Roundtable via videostream as it explores these issues in Chicago, July 11 and 12. Presentations (all times Central): 6:00 pm, Friday, July 11: Kent McGuire of the Southern Education Foundation [...]

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Attend our Free Webinar on Fostering a Culture of Diversity in Today’s Schools!

Attend our Free Webinar on Fostering a Culture of Diversity in Today’s Schools!

This webinar explores the 21st century school which is composed of classrooms that reflect great student diversity. This change in school dynamics makes it necessary for school leaders and staff to expand their perspectives in learning and managing instructional best practices set to high teaching and learning expectations for the entire school community.

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AFSA Board Members Attend White House Summit On Working Families

AFSA Board Members Attend White House Summit On Working Families

On June 23, Diann Woodard, AFSA President; Wendi Caporicci, AFSA Secretary (Local 83 in Oakland, CA); Sandra Inga (Local 22 in Hartford, CT) and Aona Jefferson (Local 4 in Washington, D.C.), both AFSA Executive Board members, enjoyed a powerful discussion of American work-life balance and work flexibility at The White House Summit on Working Families. There, our nations most powerful [...]

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AFT President Randi Weingarten: Stop Fighting Unions, Start Fixing Tests

Last week, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President, Randi Weingarten, delivered a keynote speech at an American Enterprise Institute (AEI) sponsored event, where she expressed her concerns about Common Core testing. Recent debate about whether unions are a problem or solution for public schools sparked Weingarten’s opening statement, where she explained how the media blinds many from seeing the positive [...]

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Do the Common Core Standards Stack Up to Other Countries?

International benchmarking was one requirement of new Common Core Standards. This has sparked much debate regarding whether or not they are comparable to other countries, or if our educational standards are still falling short compared to other countries, reports U.S. News. In an early study lead by Andrew Porter, the dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s education school, concluded that [...]

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US Department of Education Releases Guidelines for FERPA Amendment

In light of impending congressional amendments to FERPA, the US Department of Education issued guidelines on June 2, 2014 aimed to support foster care students. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law implemented in 1974 that is designed to give students and their parents the right to their information while protecting it from third parties. [...]

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Attend the Free Union Plus College Affordability Webinar!

Attend the Free Union Plus College Affordability Webinar!

Eager to learn more about how to make college more affordable? Join us for a 1-hour FREE Union Plus webinar onTuesday June 17 at 1pm EST to learn about special benefits for union families.

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Department of Justice Announces Grants for Districts and State Education Agencies

The Department of Justice has announced $47 million in grants to districts and state education agencies to fund proposals that implement a school safety intervention and then study the success of that intervention to add to the body of research on this important issue.  Applicants may focus on any combination of elementary, middle or high schools, a single type of school, [...]

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