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President Obama Releases Final Education Budget Request

President Obama released his final budget request on Feb. 9, 2016, sending to Congress an aspirational budget with funding for many new and unauthorized programs. Weeks before yesterday’s release, Congressional Republicans declared this budget “dead-on-arrival” and, breaking with longstanding tradition, have refused to schedule hearings to discuss it. For education, the budget is something of a mixed bag. Overall, the [...]

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USDA & NFL Announce $35 Million School Equipment Grant

POLITICO Pro reports Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack appeared with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Feb. 5 in San Francisco, Calif., to announce $35 million in new grants to help schools buy better kitchen equipment, addressing one of the biggest barriers schools face to serving healthier foods.   The USDA says the funds offer a significant increase in school equipment spending. [...]

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AFSA Signs Onto Letter Opposing Private School Vouchers

AFSA, along with 56 other organizations signed onto the National Coalition for Public Education’s (NCPE) letter opposing private school vouchers, which was sent to the Hill. The letter was directly addressed to members of the Education and the Workforce Committee, Chairman John Kline and Ranking Member Bobby Scott. The hearing ”Expanding Educational Opportunity through School Choice”  is on Feb. 3, 2016. Read [...]

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Opposing Vouchers During National School Choice Week

Each year, we draw attention to  National School Choice Week, which is from Jan. 24-30. The purpose of this event is to present facts about school vouchers that are often misrepresented. While the term “school choice” encompasses many types of choice, including public charter and magnet schools, voucher proponents use this week as an opportunity to push for private school vouchers [...]

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Principal Groups Launch New Survey to Advance Professional Development

AFSA, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) have been working together to advocate for the best interests of principals at the Federal level—both in Congress and at the Department of Education. Recently, our organizations have launched an effort to collect information from the field to inform potential federal policy guidance and [...]

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Jeb Bush Unveils Education Plan on MLK Jr. Day

POLITICO Pro reports that Former Florida Gov. and 2016 Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush presented an extensive school choice-centric education plan with proposals that would allow parents to spend government dollars on the pre-K program of their choice and give college students a $50,000 line of credit to pay tuition. Bush revealed his plan on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, [...]

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How the ESSA Affects Your Everyday Work Webinar

No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is now gone. The new education law, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), is the biggest change in K-12 federal education law since NCLB was enacted in 2012. AFSA’s lobbyist, Jon Bernstein, hosted a webinar explaining how the ESSA affects administrators and their schools including: New flexibility for states to create principal evaluation systems that are [...]

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AFSA President Responds to Obama’s State of the Union

AFSA President Responds to Obama’s State of the Union

On Tuesday, January 12th, President Obama delivered the final State of the Union address for his presidency. In response, AFSA President Diann Woodard issued the following statement: “We applaud the president for his remarks emphasizing the importance of education and training for all Americans. We cannot reach our full potential as a nation until we make investing in education, from [...]

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CSA President Says NYC Mayor Has Lost Focus on Students

In an interview with the New York Times, AFSA Executive Vice President and Council of School Supervisors and Administrators (CSA), AFSA Local 1 President, Ernest A. Logan discusses how Mayor Bill de Blasio has lost focus on New York City’s students. Logan blames micromanagement from the top, with conflicting orders and too many school staff members being overwhelmed with paperwork [...]

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Education Department Encourages Schools to Welcome Refugees

POLITICO Pro reports that the Education Department has released guidance on John King’s first day as acting secretary. It discusses how it’s possible to welcome refugees from Syria and other countries while maintaining safe school communities. “As we stand by our principles as a nation and continue to welcome refugees to our communities, we also must be vigilant about maintaining [...]

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