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Study: 1 in 7 kids eligible for summer meal assistance participates

By Helena Bottemiller Evich, POLITICO Nearly 5 percent fewer low-income students participated in summer meals programs last summer than the summer before — a decline that comes after four years of greatly expanded participation, according to a new study released today. The annual report by the Food Research & Action Center, dubbed “Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation,” looked at participation last summer [...]

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Support Funding for School Leaders on June 14

June 14 is Title II Day of Action Please Join AFSA, NAESP, NASSP, Learning Forward and ASCD for a National Day of Action Join us to advocate for the policies that could significantly impact school leaders, principals, educators and the students they serve. 3 Simple Ways to Participate in Advocacy on June 14 1. Send a prewritten letter to Congress Use [...]

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AFL-CIO Reveals NAFTA Recommendations to Benefit Working People

This article originally appeared on aflcio.org. To view the release visit https://aflcio.org/press/releases/afl-cio-reveals-nafta-recommendations-benefit-working-people.  Today, the AFL-CIO revealed an extensive set of recommendations that could turn the North American Free Trade Agreement into a trade agreement that empowers working people. The recommendations include changes to labor and procurement rules, as well as improved consumer protections and new rules to prevent currency misalignment and tax [...]

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CSA and AFSA Leader Announces Retirement

CSA and AFSA Leader Announces Retirement

By Daniela Brighenti, Chalkbeat This summer, New York City will lose a well-known fixture on the education scene. In the midst of his fourth three-year term as president of the city’s principals union, Ernest Logan announced he will retire from the role effective August 1. Logan’s retirement caps a career he began decades ago as an English teacher at P.S. 224 [...]

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POLITICO New York: City to release long-awaited integration plan, with broad definition of diversity

By Eliza Shapiro Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration will release its long-awaited plan to combat entrenched segregation in city schools on Tuesday, according to city officials. The city will frame the effort to racially and socio-economically integrate New York City’s schools, some of the most segregated in the nation, as part of the mayor’s broad “equity and excellence” education plan. And the city [...]

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Op-Ed: School vouchers don’t just undermine public schools, they undermine our democracy

This op-ed first appeared in the Los Angeles Times on May 31, 2017.  “President Trump wants to siphon billions of dollars from public schools to fund private and religious school vouchers. It’s an idea that’s bad for kids, public education and our democracy. Today, vouchers are used by less than 1% of the nation’s students. Trump and his Education secretary, Betsy DeVos, want [...]

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Senate Democrats push for teacher improvement, leadership funding

Thirty Democratic senators are urging Senate appropriators to provide at least $2.3 billion in Title II, Part A funding, or federal funds for teacher and principal improvement and professional development. The grant program was not funded in President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal. In a letter, the Democrats also ask for $30 million for a small program under the Every [...]

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Connecticut Democrats rally around high school after DeVos shares critical story

By Kimberly Hefling Democratic lawmakers joined parents and students at East Hartford High School Tuesday to rally in support of it several days after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos shared a former student’s description of his alma mater as “adult day care.” DeVos told the former student’s story during testimony last week before a congressional panel as she pushed for better school options [...]

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Happy Memorial Day from AFSA

AFSA wishes you all a peaceful and joyous Memorial Day holiday, as we join you in pausing to honor and remember those who have fallen while serving our great nation. We are so grateful to those that have made the ultimate sacrifice, so that we may all enjoy our freedoms, and our time with family, friends, and loved ones. As [...]

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DeVos Testimony before House LHHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee on Trump Administration’s FY 2018 Budget

Executive Summary On May 24, 2017, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos testified before the House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee for Labor, Health, Human Services and Education about the Trump Administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposal. The budget proposal, released less than 24 hours before DeVos’ testimony, would slash the Department of Education by $9.2 billion, cutting Title I by $578 [...]

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