Press Releases and Statements

President Diann Woodard Responds to US Congress Spending Bill Agreement

Late Tuesday evening Congressional leaders agreed to a $1.1 Trillion deal to keep most government programs funded through September 2015. The House and Senate are expected to vote on the measure later this week. In response to the agreement, AFSA President Diann Woodard released the following statement: “We are pleased that Congress came together to do the necessary hard work [...]

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President Diann Woodard’s Statement on the Harris v. Quinn Supreme Court Decision

The Supreme Court’s decision in the Harris v. Quinn case earlier this week is a disgrace to workers everywhere and the latest in a series of attempts to erode workers’ rights. Strong unions are the backbone of a fair workplace, and collective bargaining allows for working men and women to come together to make sure they are protected. This latest [...]

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AFSA Endorses Ras Baraka in May 13 Race for Mayor of Newark, New Jersey

AFSA Endorses Ras Baraka in May 13 Race for Mayor of Newark, New Jersey

At its recent meeting in Washington DC, the Executive Board of the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA) voted to endorse the progressive candidacy of Ras Baraka for mayor in the city of Newark, New Jersey.

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Principals’ Organizations Advocate for Improved Professional Development Funding

Principals’ Organizations Advocate for Improved Professional Development Funding  Urge Congress to Revise ESEA Title II Funding Language  Washington – Calling on Congress to provide at least 10 percent of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) professional development funding be directed toward principals, three organizations representing 95,000 school leaders across the country have banded together in an unprecedented partnership to [...]

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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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