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AFSA Joins Organizations to Voice Concerns about Secretary of Education Pick, DeVos

AFSA joined 65 groups in voicing concerns about Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos and urged the Senate to scrutinize DeVos’ record on advocating for private school vouchers, which undermine the public school system. Read our letter here

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Yolanda Jones-Generette: A Leader Who Goes Above and Beyond

Yolanda Jones-Generette: A Leader Who Goes Above and Beyond

Yolanda Jones-Generette, a member of School Administrators Association of New Haven, AFSA Local 18, exemplifies being a hardworking leader with many accomplishments during her 22 years of serving the New Haven Public Schools district. Her longtime career in education, including teaching experience in early child education, led her to serve as assistant principal for Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School (BESMS) [...]

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Four-Year Anniversary of Sandy Hook Elementary Tragedy

Today marks the 4th anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Our thoughts are with the 20 children and 6 educators that were killed that day, including the principal and AFSA member, Dawn Hochsprung. Below is President Obama’s statement on the anniversary of Sandy Hook: “Four years ago today twenty beautiful children and six heroic educators were killed at [...]

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Charter school expansion increases educational inequality

In a new Economic Policy Institute report, Rutgers University professor Bruce Baker finds that charter school expansion has exacerbated inequities in education.   “This report highlights patterns of charter school expansion across several large and mid-size U.S. cities since 2000. In this report, the focus is the loss of enrollments and revenues to charter schools in host districts and the response [...]

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Don’t Miss Out! 2017 AFSA Scholarship Deadline is Feb. 28

Don’t Miss Out! 2017 AFSA Scholarship Deadline is Feb. 28

The application for the 2017 AFSA scholarship, which provides $2,500 toward college tuition is now available. Applicants must meet the following requirements: Applicant must be a graduating high school senior who is attending college for the first time in the award year. Applicant’s parent or legal guardian must be an AFSA member in good standing. Scholarship award checks will be [...]

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DeVos’ Push to Privatize Public Schools Could Kill The Melting Pot of American Democracy

Diann Woodard, President of the American Federation of School Administrators, released a statement today condemning Betsy DeVos’ nomination to head the Department of Education, declaring that Mrs. DeVos’ push to privatize public schools “could kill the melting pot of American democracy.” “For well over a century, the nation’s public schools have been the melting pot of American democracy.  Through interaction [...]

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President’s Message: Waging War on Behalf of Children

President’s Message: Waging War on Behalf of Children

By Diann Woodard, AFSA President The first 100 days of a new president’s tenure is the time when the power and influence of the office is at its greatest, the time in which successes and accomplishments clearly are measured. Let us insist, therefore, that since education is one of the primary issues Americans want addressed, that the very first action [...]

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Fewer public schools have plans for major renovations and repairs, report shows

Despite public schools getting older, a lower percentage need to invest in repairs, renovations and modernization to bring them up to par, according to a new report from the Institute of Education Sciences. As of the 2012-13 academic year, the average age of schools was 19 years — a three-year increase from the 1998-99 academic year. But 23 percent fewer schools needed [...]

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the 2016 Presidential Election

Donald Trump has been elected president. America is a democratic nation, and the voters have spoken. The AFL-CIO accepts the outcome of this election, and offers our congratulations to President-elect Trump. More than anything, this election is an indictment of politics as usual. For too long, the political elites have embraced economic policies that hold down wages, increase inequality, diminish opportunity and ship [...]

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Retirees need $581 now; tell Congress to pass the SAVE Benefits Act

Source: Alliance for Retired Americans There was no 2016 Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for beneficiaries. That was bad. But the just announced 2017 COLA of just $5.00 per month for the average retiree may wind up being worse for retirees. Since there was a COLA, Medicare premiums are expected to increase. It’s likely that those premiums will absorb [...]

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