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What Happened to New Orleans’ Public School Educators After Katrina?

It’s been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and the damage it caused the school community still continues to effect the 7,000 educators unfairly dismissed. Veteran Special Education Billie Dolcie shares her powerful story in a special EdWeek arcticle on how she hasn’t been able to return to the classroom since Katrina. Read the full story here

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Principals Need a Voice in ESEA Reauthorization

Principals Need a Voice in ESEA Reauthorization

Congress is the closest it has been in seven years to reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and we need your help to ensure that the law (also known as No Child Left Behind) is fixed this year. The House and Senate both passed legislation this summer to reauthorize ESEA, and a bipartisan group of representatives and senators [...]

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ESEA Reauthorization Comments Sent to Congress

ESEA Reauthorization Comments Sent to Congress

Congress is the closest it has been in seven years to reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind. The House and Senate both passed legislation this summer to reauthorize ESEA, and a bipartisan group of representatives and senators has already begun negotiations to resolve the major differences between the two bills. AFSA, [...]

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Protect Medicare and Social Security

Protect Medicare and Social Security

Happy Birthday Medicare and Social Security! As we celebrate Medicare’s recent 50th anniversary, and Social Security’s 80th anniversary on August 14th, it is the perfect time to remind our representatives about the importance of these critical programs. Social Security and Medicare provide vulnerable seniors with access to high-quality health care, and with the opportunity to retire with the security and [...]

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Free School Lunch Program to be Available in All High-Poverty Areas

Free School Lunch Program to be Available in All High-Poverty Areas

POLITICO Pro has reported that the Agriculture Department is expanding availability of the Community Eligibility Provision, a program allowing all school districts in high-poverty areas to offer free lunch and breakfast to students without the requirement of families submitting applications. This is intended to improve child nutrition and reduce administrative costs.   Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Education Secretary Arne [...]

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Resolutions: Citizens and Voter Rights

A resolution on Citizens and Voter Rights was introduced in convention asserting that the nation is faced with a multi-pronged attack on the rights of workers, in both the private and public sectors, including attacks on the negotiated contracts that have been earned through the collective bargaining process.   Many states and interest groups have embraced an exclusionary trend toward [...]

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Resolutions: Elections

In the discussion on a resolution on elections, it was apparent that AFSA members share the AFL CIO’s concern for the well being of all workers and recognizes the necessity of engaged political activism in the electoral process to ensure the rights and benefits of all union members. With the 2016 Presidential and Congressional elections already underway, it was apparent [...]

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Resolutions: Leadership

AFSA’s resolution on leadership expressed the members’ frustration with the fact that federal policies for performance standards, educator evaluations and strategies for turning around underperforming schools have been developed without input from the school leaders responsible for overseeing these policies.   These policymakers’ decisions, the resolution made clear, “reflect a regrettable indifference, if not ignorance of, the socioeconomic dynamics and [...]

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Resolutions: Arming Educators

With various state legislatures having passed laws authorizing school districts to allow educators or school volunteers to armed at schools, the increasingly contentious issue was addressed in the convention through a proposed resolution titled Arming Educators.   The resolution was formidable in establishing a forthright context for the debate. It clearly stated, “Educators and school volunteers are not law enforcement-trained [...]

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Resolutions: Coalitions

A resolution was introduced calling on AFSA members to take a leading role in building coalitions in their communities that unite the union’s allies in challenging the unwarranted criticisms, false criteria for evaluating performance, and the unrelenting assaults on public resources that pose an imminent threat to the survival of the nation’s public schools and high-quality public education for all. [...]

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