AFSA Blog

Five-Year Anniversary of Sandy Hook Elementary Tragedy

It is hard to believe that today marks the 5th anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Our thoughts will always be with with the 20 children and 6 educators that were killed that day, including the principal and AFSA member, Dawn Hochsprung. For resources on supporting grieving children and families, please visit grievingstudents.org. AFSA is proud to be a founding [...]

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Don’t Miss Out! 2018 AFSA Scholarship Deadline is Feb. 28

Don’t Miss Out! 2018 AFSA Scholarship Deadline is Feb. 28

The application for the 2018 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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Republican Tax Bill an Attack on Working People

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in response to the Republican tax bill passing the Senate: The GOP tax bill that passed the Senate by one vote is nothing but an attack on America’s workers. We will pay more, corporations and billionaires will pay less. It’s a job killer. It gives billions of tax giveaways to big corporations that outsource [...]

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AFSA Urges Congress to Raise Budget Caps In Joint Letter

AFSA and many other education organizations have signed on to a letter urging congressional leaders to raise the budget caps on federal spending. The letter expresses concern with state budgets continuing to be tightened. “With 23 states being forced to make midyear cuts last year—states increasingly depend on Congress to stay committed to investing in elementary, secondary, postsecondary, and adult education,” [...]

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Baltimore Local Helps Laid-Off Administrators Secure Jobs

As many as 115 Baltimore City Public Schools staff members, including teachers and administrators, were laid off over the summer as part of a new plan to balance a $1.31 billion budget next year. The staff members involved were notified of the layoffs as early as June 1. The district was able to give a 30-day warning before the announcement [...]

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Education Department Awards $2 Million in Emergency Aid to Puerto Rico Schools

POLITICO Pro reports, the Education Department will award Puerto Rico’s hurricane-ravaged public schools $2 million in emergency recovery funds, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told officials during a visit there on Nov. 8. The funds will come in the form of a Project School Emergency Response to Violence grant, which the department awards to school systems recovering from a “violent or [...]

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FY18 Budget and Appropriations Update

With the current Continuing Resolution’s expiration deadline fast approaching on December 8th, it is hard to tell exactly what kind of deal Congress is going to strike to keep the government’s lights on. However, it is becoming clear that a final deal on funding will likely be pushed into the new year. On Capitol Hill, tax reform is truly sucking [...]

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Anti-Voucher Candidates Prevail in Colorado School Board Race

POLITICO Pro reports, candidates opposed to private school tuition vouchers handily swept into office on Tuesday in the high-profile school board race in Douglas County, Colo. The wins likely means a shift in the board that will lead to an end to its legal fight to use public funds to pay for private school. The case has been watched closely around the [...]

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School Leaders Unite at Capitol Hill to Support Principal Funding

School Leaders Unite at Capitol Hill to Support Principal Funding

AFSA, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) co-sponsored an event on Capitol Hill to support and discuss the importance of fully funding Title II, Part A under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) on Oct. 24. The briefing, “Do State ESSA Plans Address Leadership? Reflections on Innovative Support for [...]

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Unions Come Together at AFL-CIO Convention

Unions Come Together at AFL-CIO Convention

AFSA President Diann Woodard was joined by Executive Vice President Ernest Logan, and Secretary-Treasurer Len Pugliese, in attending the 2017 AFL-CIO Convention in St. Louis, MO Oct. 22-25. This was a very important convention, where many issues, including Janus V. AFSCME, were deliberated. On the first day of the convention, the delegates unanimously re-elected Richard Trumka as President, Tefere Gebre [...]

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