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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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Michigan State Board Calls Snyder Move Unconstitutional

POLITICO Pro reported that the Michigan State Board of Education said today that Gov. Rick Snyder’s recent move to take control of the state’s lowest-performing schools violated the state constitution. “The State Board of Education opposes any effort to diminish the constitutional authority of either the State Board of Education or the State Superintendent,” the Democratic-controlled board said in a statement that [...]

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False Data in Newark Schools’ Attendance Report Card

The latest New Jersey public schools’ report card shows that Newark schools continue to stuggle under a “reform” agenda enacted by Cami Anderson. It also reports that Newark schools have an almost 100 percent student attendance rate, which a recent discovery has proven to be incorrect.   Leonard Pugliese, AFSA General Vice President, discovered the mistake while analyzing data on [...]

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Senators Set Date for NCLB Markup

POLITICO Pro reported that Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray have stated they are aiming for a markup of their No Child Left Behind bill the week of April 13. Contrary to the current state of the Republican’s NCLB rewrite hanging in limbo and lawmakers being on a one-week recess, Alexander, Murray and the Senate HELP Committee have said they’re [...]

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Principals Push Legislators for Changes to ESEA Bills

Education Daily reports that principals’ groups are pushing legislators for changes to the ESEA reauthorization proposals on Capitol Hill- the ESEA reauthorization discussion draft by Chairman Lamar Alexander, and the Student Success Act, H.R. 5, which is up for consideration by the House. AFSA, NAESP, NASSP have sent a letter to the Senate HELP Committee requesting a carve out of [...]

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Newark “Renew School” Reform Effort Fails Again

A report just released by the Alliance for the Newark Public Schools clearly reveals the failure of Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson’s Renew School Reform attempt.  This Report augments the findings in the Alliances first report, released in December 2014, which also revealed the failure of the Renew School scheme. The results of this Second Report, which can be found here, [...]

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New Twitter Campaign Supports Principals #PD4Principals

New Twitter Campaign Supports Principals #PD4Principals

We continue collaboration with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) on getting the voice of school leaders heard while Congress discusses the next version of ESEA. Together we have proposed that Congress require 10 percent of Title II funds be dedicated to principals’ ongoing development. In order to raise [...]

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Principals’ Groups Endorse Bill to Support School Leadership

Principals’ Groups Endorse Bill to Support School Leadership

Principals’ Groups Applaud Introduction of Bill to Support School Leadership, Urge Congress to Include Key Provisions in ESEA Reauthorization Bill seeks to improve current federal programs to better support aspiring and in-service principals through one-year residency, mentoring, and other professional development Contact: Bob Farrace, NASSP, farraceb@nassp.org Kelly Pollitt, NAESP, kpollitt@naesp.org Susan Merida, AFSA, susan@tricompr.com February 19, 2015; Alexandria, VA, Reston, VA, and Washington, [...]

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