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EDWeek Features AFSA and Others’ Work Against Trump’s Budget Cuts

AFSA has been working diligently over the last several weeks, to advocate for and protect federal funding that can be used for principal professional development and training in your districts (specifically the Title II program). Below is an article that was published in EdWeek, that discusses President Trump’s proposed cuts to the Title II program, and that references some of the [...]

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Spotlight Cast on Out-of-Pocket Spending by Those in High-Poverty Schools

An overwhelming majority of teachers (97 percent) and principals (98 percent) surveyed agree that equity in education should be a national priority, according to a new poll conducted by Scholastic Inc.  A total of 3,694 teachers (including 76 school librarians) and 1,027 principals (including 146 vice principals) completed the survey. In the past year, the teachers who participated in the [...]

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Elementary Schools Axing Homework to Give Younger Students a Break

Students love to hear the words “no homework” at the end of the school day. It’s music to their ears. This past year a handful of elementary schools introduced a no-homework pilot program to give their youngest students a break from the after-school work, an approach that has left educators, parents and even experts divided on the issue. Some parents [...]

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Report Finds Head Start Program Quality Varies Widely by State

A new report released by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers Graduate School of Education revealed that access to funding per child, teacher education, quality of teaching and duration of services under the Head Start program all vary widely by state, resulting in the neglect of many children living in poverty. NIEER focused on the 2006–2007 [...]

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Time to Organize: Woodard Concerned Over Exclusion of Principals from DeVos Meeting

AFSA President Diann Woodard has expressed great concern over the exclusion of principals and public educators from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ first official meeting with President Trump, a gathering heavily weighted with advocates for privatizing the nation’s public schools. She strongly urged that the secretary convene a meeting with the major organizations representing school leaders. Despite the fact that [...]

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The Power of the Administrator by Lizzie Sider

Who I Am You may be wondering why you are reading an article written by an 18-year-old who has yet to go to college or make a monthly payment on any major asset. I still have a lot of life to experience. However, I am already years into a professional music and acting career, I am the spokesperson for multiple [...]

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St. Louis Public Schools Significantly Reduce Disruptive Discipline

Five pilot schools in the St. Louis Public Schools district have reported extensive reductions in suspensions, detentions and office referrals after implementing Kickboard, a new school culture system. After seeing the tremendous improvements in disruptive behavior and an increase in positive behavior, the district is expanding Kickboard to 25 schools. Farragut Elementary, Lyon Academy at Blow Elementary, Carver Elementary, Sigel [...]

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AFSA President Responds to Trump’s Slim FY18 Proposal Budget

AFSA President Responds to Trump’s Slim FY18 Proposal Budget

Statement of AFSA President Diann Woodard on President’s FY18 Proposal to Eliminate the $2.25 Billion Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants Program: “AFSA is appalled by the President’s proposed FY18 budget. Wholesale elimination of a program designed to hire and provide professional development to principals and teachers in order to prop-up unaccountable private schools and engage in an unnecessary peace time build-up [...]

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President’s Skinny Budget Would Slash Education Funding

Early this morning, the White House released the President’s proposed “Skinny Budget” for FY18, a streamlined blueprint for next year’s budget that does not contain much detail about specific changes. What is clear from this Skinny Budget is that the President is attempting to make good on his previously announced plans to shift $54 billion in domestic discretionary funding to [...]

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DeVos will testify before House Appropriations Committee next week

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will testify on Capitol Hill next week about Education Department funding, the House Appropriations Committee announced today. DeVos is scheduled to testify before the committee next Wednesday, March 22 at 10 a.m. POLITICO reports that DeVos will “likely face questions about school choice legislation and any proposed cuts to education programs in the Trump administration’s budget outline, which is slated [...]

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