AFSA Blog

Workers Need a Seat at the Political Table

Saying union members need a seat at the political table – as mayors, lawmakers, city councilors and members of Congress — three unionist elected officials urged workers to run for office nationwide. Hundreds are doing so this year, but we need more, say Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, a Laborer and former head of the city’s building trades, Operating Engineers Local […]

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Lack of Gun Language in Federal Education Budget Package Concerning

Lack of Gun Language in Federal Education Budget Package Concerning

School principals are united in their concern that the Department of Education funding bill under consideration in Congress does not include language prohibiting the use of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) funds for school districts to purchase firearms and firearms training in schools. The American Federation of School Administrators, the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Association of […]

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Treachers Union Push for Full Federal Funding for Poor Kids

The presidents of the nation’s two big teachers’ unions, Lily Eskelsen-Garcia of the National Education Association and Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers, are demanding the federal government fully fund its promised money for schools which teach the nation’s poorest kids. And that includes making up a $580 billion shortfall in such funding, accumulated since the 1965 Elementary […]

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AFL-CIO Launches Anti-Kavanaigh Ad

Hoping to get voters to convince key senators to reject Brett Kavanaugh, GOP President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, the AFL-CIO launched a media campaign in the states of five key “swing vote” senators. The campaign, including newspaper ads and ads on media websites, came as the Senate Judiciary Committee opened hearings Sept. 4 – or tried to – on […]

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Professionals Standing Up, Standing Together

Professionals Standing Up, Standing Together

A Labor Day Message From AFSA’s President Ernest Logan Growing up in Harlem, opportunities and options could seem limited. Most of my neighbors with good jobs did manual, physically grueling work. But I aspired to something different.  My parents had instilled in me the importance of education and going to college, and while my father passed away when I was just […]

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Educators and Parents Lambaste DeVos Scheme To Divert Ed Department Dollars To Guns In Schools

WASHINGTON—Teachers and principals, their unions, parents of kids murdered at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day, and the surviving students themselves are lambasting Trump Education Secretary Elizabeth “Betsy” DeVos’s scheme to divert millions of her agency’s dollars from mental health counseling and other aid to buying guns to arm teachers in schools.               Reactions to DeVos’s […]

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Schools Turn to Private Companies to Find Threats on Social Media

According to Politico Pro, searching for threats made to their schools online, districts across the country are spending thousands of dollars to contract with private companies to scan public social media posts. Dozens of school administrators, school resource officers and police department staffers around the country receive daily alerts detailing violent words and phrases emanating from public social media posts […]

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Poll: Majority of Americans Don’t Want Their Child to Become a Teacher

Politico Pro reports, more than half of Americans surveyed said they don’t want their child to become a public school teacher, citing concerns like poor pay and benefits. That’s according to PDK Poll results released today. The poll on the public’s attitudes toward education has been conducted annually for a half-century and is sponsored by Phi Delta Kappa International, a professional association […]

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Democracy Wins as Court Strikes Down Trump’s Anti-Worker Executive Order

WASHINGTON – In a landmark decision, a federal judge has ruled that President Trump violated the U.S. Constitution and laws providing checks and balances in the federal government by attempting to deny more than 2 million federal workers their legal right to representation.   Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled late Friday that the Trump […]

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Back to School In Puerto Rico

Back to School in Puerto Rico kicked off to a chaotic start as students returned to schools still littered with debris, water damage, and broken furniture from Hurricane Maria which devastated the island nearly a year ago. Parents struggled to send their children to schools further from home after the government summarily closed over 260 schools. And hundreds of teachers scrambled to reassignments […]

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