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Introducing the New Mobile App for AFSA Members!

Introducing the New Mobile App for AFSA Members!

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Less Than Half of U.S. Schools Test for Lead in Water

Politico Pro reports that fewer than half of American school districts test their drinking water for lead, and when they do, more than a third find elevated levels of the potent neurotoxin, according to a government watchdog report released on July 17. Larger school districts, and those in the Northeast, were far more likely to test for lead — and more likely […]

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House Appropriators Restore Proposed Cuts to School Safety, Child Care Programs

Politico Pro reports, House appropriators tweaked their fiscal 2019 education funding bill to restore proposed cuts to school safety and child care programs. A manager’s amendment to the spending bill for the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education would provide $90 million for federal school safety efforts, the same as the current level of funding. House appropriators […]

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Support Working People’s Freedom!

Support Working People’s Freedom!

President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court. Working people are already mobilizing against the choice. As AFL‑CIO President Richard Trumka said, “Any senator who believes Supreme Court justices should protect the rights of all Americans should reject this nomination and demand a nominee who will protect the rights of working people and […]

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Student Funding Pilot to Be Pioneered in Puerto Rico

Politico Pro reports, the Education Department announced that Puerto Rico will be the first to pilot a new program created by the Every Student Succeeds Act that enables experimentation with weighted-student funding formulas. The pilot allows up to 50 school districts to consolidate federal, state and local education funding into one pot that would be allocated based on students’ needs. Puerto Rico […]

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Ed Leadership Groups Applaud Level Funding of Title II-A, Encourage Funding to Authorized Level

Washington, DC—”We are pleased that the Senate Appropriations Committee allocated $2.05 billion, preserving the current funding level, for the Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants program (Title II-A) in its FY 19 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies bill. “Overwhelmingly approved by a bipartisan Congress, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides opportunities for states to use Title II-A […]

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AFSA President Responds to SCOTUS’ Ruling on Janus v. AFSCME

Ernest Logan, AFSA president, responds to the Supreme Court’s ruling on labor unions in Janus v. AFSCME: Today’s Supreme Court ruling is just another step in a well-funded attack on people who work every day to support their families and on the power of their collective voice through unions. The enemies of labor unions think the Janus v. AFSCME case […]

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The Title IV-A Coalition is Grateful for the Senate’s $125 Million Increase in Funding for SSAE Grants to $1.225 Billion in FY 2019

On behalf of the undersigned members of the Title IV-A Coalition, we offer the following response to the Senate’s FY 2019 LHHS-Ed appropriations bill, which includes $1.225 billion for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program, authorized under Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Washington D.C., June 25, 2018 –– The Title IV-A […]

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Miami-Dade Schools Chief Wipes at Trump, Says Detained Immigrant Kids Need To Be Educated

Politico reports, the head of the Miami area’s massive school district — the nation’s fourth-largest — took aim at the Trump administration for its “troubling” decision to send as many as 1,000 immigrant children to a nearby detention facility without notifying education officials who say the kids need to be taught under state law. “It is troubling that so many […]

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Urge Congress for Full Funding of the Title IV Grant Program

Join us on June 13th, 2018 for a National Day of Action to advocate for full funding of the Title IV-A Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program. Created by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), this grant allows schools and districts to support well-rounded programs, safe and healthy schools, and the effective use of technology. Congress recognized the […]

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