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Puerto Rico’s schools struggle to recover from hurricane destruction

By Mel Leonor, POLITICO Recovery remains out of reach for nearly all of Puerto Rico’s hurricane-battered public school system, which means many kids likely won’t resume their education for weeks to come. Almost all of Puerto Rico’s schools remain without electricity or running water, like most structures on the island, which President Donald Trump toured on Tuesday. Among 1,112 public schools, [...]

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October Is National Principals Month

October Is National Principals Month

The month of October 2017 will be recognized as National Principals Month thanks to a recent United States House of Representatives Resolution. The list of cosponsors included Congresswoman Susan Davis from California and Congressmen Raul Grijalva from Arizona. National Principals Month is your opportunity to say “thank you” to principals everywhere and to share with the community all the great [...]

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Union Plus Offers Help for Those Impacted by Hurricane Maria

If you are a union member who participates in certain Union Plus programs and have been affected by Hurricane Maria, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Union Plus Disaster Relief Grant program. In Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, Union Plus Disaster Relief Grants of $500 are available to eligible participants of the  Union Plus Credit [...]

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Help the Victims of the 2017 Hurricanes

Help the Victims of the 2017 Hurricanes

The recent hurricanes of 2017 have left all territories in their paths in total devastation. Our members affected by the hurricanes in the islands of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have lost everything. They face months without power, destroyed homes and buildings. Our members in these areas are in desperate need of our help. Schools need generators and supplies [...]

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Union Plus Offers Help for Those Impacted by Hurricane Irma

If you are a union member who participates in certain Union Plus programs and have been affected by Hurricane Irma, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Union Plus Disaster Relief Grant program.1 Union Plus Disaster Relief Grants of $500 are available to eligible participants of one of the following programs: •    Union Plus Credit Card Program2 •    [...]

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October is National Principals Month!

October is National Principals Month!

  This October we celebrate all school leaders! This is your opportunity to thank your principal for his/her support for your school, students, and community. Principals work hard to improve schools and ensure the success of all students, but they are seldom properly recognized for their efforts. That’s why AFSA, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the National [...]

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National School Boards Association highlights choices in public schools

By Mel Leonor The U.S. public school system offers more options and opportunities for students than private schools, according to a report released by the National School Boards Association today. The report highlights school choice and curriculum choices for students within public school districts, arguing that public education “is not the monolith its critics make it out to be.” Discussions around private [...]

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Principal and Ed Leader Groups Applaud Senate for Restoring Title II

Principal and Ed Leader Groups Applaud Senate for Restoring Title II

Contact: Bob Farrace, NASSP director of public affairs, 703-909-4661, farraceb@nassp.org Washington, DC – Leading groups representing teachers and principals applaud the Senate Appropriations Committee for providing funding for Title II, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants program, at $2.1 billion. The Administration’s FY18 budget request and the House bill eliminated funding for this important section [...]

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Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Passes FY18 Labor HHS Education Spending Bill

The Senate LHHS-Ed Subcommittee on Appropriations approved by voice-vote an FY 2018 spending bill that provides $68.3 billion in discretionary funding for the U.S. Department of Education, $29 million above the FY2017 level. While the headline of this bill is a $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health and additional money to combat opioid abuse, the bill is [...]

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Freedom to Join Unions Can Fix This Rigged Economy

Freedom to Join Unions Can Fix This Rigged Economy

Across the country, Americans are working longer hours for less money and fewer benefits, despite being more productive than ever. No matter how hard we work, many are finding it more and more difficult to get by and provide for their families. All the while, a handful of CEOs and those who are already rich have seen their salaries and [...]

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