AFSA Blog

SCOTUS and Unions

The Supreme Court will soon issue a decision in Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31. We’ll leave the dire predictions and hyperbole to the pundits. This memo is focused on the facts so that you and readers can fully understand the implications of this important case. Let’s begin with the “who”: The case is part of a multipronged attack, being spearheaded […]

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Most Teachers Supply Classrooms Out of Their Own Pockets

Politico reports nearly all U.S. teachers spent their own money on classroom supplies without reimbursement, doling out $479 on average in the 2014-2015 school year, according to a new analysis by the National Center for Education Statistics released Tuesday. Overall, 94 percent of teachers used money from their own pockets to stock their classrooms with supplies like paper, pencils and more. While 44 […]

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Statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Diann Woodard Passing

For over nearly four decades, Diann Woodard fought to give Michigan’s children a better future while fighting for justice and rights for teachers and school administrators. Today, America’s labor movement has lost a champion, an exemplary leader and educator. And I’ve lost a friend. From her days growing up in a UAW household in Detroit to her lifelong service to our […]

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DPE Mourns the Passing of AFSA President Diann Woodard

In response to the news of the passing of American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA) President Diann Woodard, Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO (DPE) President Paul E. Almeida issued the following statement: “President Woodard was a vocal advocate for school administrators and professional union members. Through her 36-year career as a teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal, trustee, and leader of […]

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AFSA President, Former MSU Trustee,  School Leader and Teacher Passes Away

AFSA President, Former MSU Trustee, School Leader and Teacher Passes Away

Diann Woodard Unfailingly Spoke Truth to Power in Pursuit of Workers’ Rights, Children, and Racial and Gender Equality Diann Woodard, president of the American Federation of School Administrators and a member of the AFL-CIO Executive Council, died on Sunday, May 6, 2018, after a long illness. Ms. Woodard, whose career included 36 years as a classroom teacher, guidance counselor and […]

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Teacher strikes roil states that limit tax increases

Politco reports two red states where hundreds of thousands of teachers have rallied against dismal pay and massive public education cuts have one thing in common — their state constitutions make it really hard to raise taxes. Arizona and Oklahoma each require a supermajority — or much more than half — of the state legislature to vote to impose new […]

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Join Schools Nationwide Online for a Day of Service Learning

Join Schools Nationwide Online for a Day of Service Learning

On May 4, connect with schools and classrooms across North America for the first-ever online WE Day event. WE Day Connect is an interactive, online event where youth and educators come together to celebrate acts of volunteerism and showcase how they can act locally and globally to make a difference. Turn your classroom into a global celebration of possibility! Join […]

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Schools Close as Arizona and Colorado Teachers Strike

Politico reports that more than 1,000 public schools are closed in Arizona today as teachers rally at the state Capitol and near public thoroughfares to ask for higher pay and a boost for education funding. Arizona is the most populous state to host a statewide teacher strike this year — and with school closures that are expected to affect three-quarters of the […]

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Help Protect Public Schools in Puerto Rico

Still suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and Irma, Puerto Rico faces another hurdle—getting its students back into quality, safe public schools. Instead of providing stability at this time of need, by investing in and strengthening public schools in Puerto Rico, Governor Ricardo Rossello and his education secretary, Julia Keleher, are using this time of crisis as a reason […]

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Arizona Teachers Vote to Walk Out Next Week

According to Politico, Arizona’s teachers have rejected Gov. Doug Ducey’s plan to eventually boost teacher salaries by 20 percent and will walk out on April 26, union leaders say. The announcement follows a vote by more than 57,000 school employees in the state, with 78 percent backing a walkout. “Arizona educators have delivered a strong message tonight and overwhelmingly support […]

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