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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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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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Clinton Campaign Announces Anti-Bullying Plan

In the midst of calling Donald Trump a bully in a recent campaign ad, Hillary Clinton is expected to announce a proposal that’s aimed at combating bullying in schools. According to Politico, the campaign is dubbed “Better Than Bullying” and calls for at least $500 million in new federal funding that would go to states that agree to develop anti-bullying [...]

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Study finds no clear evidence that Race to the Top was successful

There’s no clear evidence that the Obama administration’s, Race to the Top, had a long-term impact on student achievement or state policy, according to a report released by the Institute for Education Sciences. In response to the recession that began in 2007, the Obama Administration secured $100 billion for states and school districts to secure teachers’ jobs and promote innovation [...]

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Students Make their Voices Heard in Letters to the Next President

Students Make their Voices Heard in Letters to the Next President

The National Writing Project and PBS member station have teamed up to bring civic engagement into the classroom this election season with the launch of Letters to the Next President (L2P) 2.0. The online initiative gives young people ages 13 to 18 an outlet to voice their opinions on issues that matter to them, and offers teachers the opportunity to [...]

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Study finds poverty, not race, is key factor in student achievement

Brookings Institution Senior Fellows Grover J. “Russ” Whitehurst and Richard Reeves, along with Senior Research Assistant Edward Rodrigue found that poverty—not race—is the real challenge for segregated schools, and that improving school quality is key to closing racial achievement gaps. The study titled, “Segregation, race, and charter schools: What do we know?” notes that school districts have become more economically segregated. [...]

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Election 2016: Action Steps for Women Workers

Election 2016: Action Steps for Women Workers

Election day is quickly approaching and female voters are making their voices heard. According to Nate Silver’s fivethirtyeight.com, “[W]omen are winning this election for Clinton. Between the historic nature of Clinton’s candidacy, Trump’s record of misogynistic comments and now the Trump tape and allegations of sexual assault against Trump, American men and women are incredibly split on the 2016 election. But [...]

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