Press Releases and Statements

AFSA’s Statement on Franklin Regional High School Violence

We send our deepest sympathies and prayers to all students, administrators, teachers, staff and families affected by the violent outbreak at Franklin Regional High School this morning. As educators, we cannot think of anything more terrible or senseless. This act of violence once again highlights the school safety issues facing many of our public schools that are still operating without [...]

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Diann Woodard Response to President Obama’s State of the Union

In response to President Obama’s State of the Union address Diann Woodard, president of AFSA released the following statement: “Last night, the president’s speech centered around opportunity, action and optimism. He stated that one’s ability to get ahead should not be pre-determined, but based on hard work and ambition,” “The president’s call for a much needed investment in our nation’s [...]

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Suspended Newark Principals Meet With AFSA President Diann Woodard and CASA

Suspended Newark Principals Meet With AFSA President Diann Woodard and CASA

Newark, NJ—Pledging full support for Newark’s recently suspended principals, Diann Woodard, president of the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), AFL-CIO met for a briefing with four of the five principals on Thursday. Joined by the City Association of Supervisors and Administrators (CASA), AFSA Local 20, the briefing was held at AFT’s Newark office. All of the suspended principals are members of AFSA and CASA Local 20.

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Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we honor Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy, celebrating the historic bond between Labor and Civil Rights. For the two movements are truly one, in their unyielding commitment to equality and social justice. “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity,” [...]

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AFSA Statement on Rep. George Miller’s (D-Calif.) Retirement

Rep. George Miller (D.-Ca.) is leaving some big shoes to fill as he announces his retirement from the House of Representatives this year. In his 40 years in Congress, Rep. Miller has proven his commitment to the working men and women of this country through his support of education and health care reform, minimum wage increases and worker safety. His unyielding commitment [...]

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One Year After Sandy Hook

Today we remember the children, staff members and educators, including AFSA member Dawn Hochsprung, whose lives were needlessly ended in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting one year ago. As we began 2013, school safety was at the forefront of our national discussion, but as the year progressed it seems this crucial issue has fallen to the wayside. Schools are still [...]

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School Leaders Need a Stronger Voice in Education Reform Says Principals’ Union

WASHINGTON—Greater input from school leaders is essential for quality education reform, said a leading principals’ union today in a letter to Senators addressing the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The American Federation of School Administrators, AFL-CIO, voiced its support for many of the initiatives included in the Senate’s answer to reauthorizing ESEA, the Strengthening America’s Schools [...]

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AFSA President Diann Woodard Responds to the 2012 PISA Results

WASHINGTON—Today, in response to the 2012 results for the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), AFSA President Diann Woodard released the following statement: “It is no surprise that the standing of U.S. students has changed little over the last decade. What is more troubling, is that over the last few years we have witnessed a doubling down on unproven education [...]

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Give Thanks By Supporting Efforts to End Child Hunger, Says AFSA

(WASHINGTON, November 26) –Hunger is extremely detrimental to children, not only having a negative impact on their health, but a child’s education and emotional development. For the 16 million kids and their families affected by hunger each year, Thanksgiving should be used as a time to support efforts to end hunger says the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA). “Hungry [...]

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AFSA Endorses Bipartisan Proposal to Increase Early Childhood Education

WASHINGTON – The Strong Start For America’s Children Act, a new proposal to expand early-childhood education nationwide, will be announced today at the Senate Visitor Center with the endorsement of 46 organizations including The American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA). The proposal will be introduced by U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA) with the support [...]

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