AFSA Blog

AFL-CIO Representatives Resign from Presidential Council on Manufacturing

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on his and Thea Lee’s resignation from President Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council: We cannot sit on a council for a president who tolerates bigotry and domestic terrorism. President Trump’s remarks today repudiate his forced remarks yesterday about the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis. We must resign on behalf of America’s working people, who [...]

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Illinois governor issues veto to amend school funding bill, reducing Chicago’s cut

By Mel Leonor Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner today used his veto power to amend a school funding bill to take away a $250 million block grant legislators earmarked for Chicago Public Schools. The Republican governor has long vowed to reject the Democrat-backed bill in its original form, calling it a “bailout” of cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools. A series of negotiations [...]

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Report: Middle schools top on violent incidents

By Mel Leonor, POLITICO Incidents of violence and reports of bullying are more prevalent in U.S. middle schools than in high schools, according to new data from the National Center for Education Statistics. In the 2015-16 school year, the survey found, middle schools reported 27 violent incidents per 1,000 students, compared to 16 incidents in high schools and 15 in elementary schools. [...]

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Stopping the Attack on Our Health Care and Moving Toward Health Care for All

Quality health care should be a basic right in the United States. It should not be a commodity that can be denied because you have too little income, do not have the right job or any job, or have a pre-existing medical condition. Republican leaders in Congress, however, are pursuing an agenda that attacks this principle and undermines everyone’s health [...]

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NAACP report finds ‘wide range of problems’ with charter schools

By Benjamin Wermund, POLITICO After calling for a moratorium on charter school expansion last year, the NAACP is releasing a highly anticipated report Wednesday that finds a “wide range of problems” with the schools. “While there are certainly some charter schools serving students well, there are also a wide range of problems with the operation of charters across the country that require attention,” [...]

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It’s The Final Week to Enter the Union Plus Summer Photo Contest

It’s The Final Week to Enter the Union Plus Summer Photo Contest

The cat and dog days of summer are here and Union Plus wants to see how your favorite furry friends enjoy the summer – hiking, swimming, traveling, lounging, or just staying cool. Submit your best summer-ready pet photos BY July 30, 2017 into the Union Plus Cat and Dog Days of Summer Contest. Your fellow union members will vote from [...]

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House Hearing on ESSA Implementation

On July 18, the House Education & the Workforce Committee held a hearing on state and local implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act. The witnesses testifying were as follows: Ms. Jacqueline Nowicki Director, K-12 Education U.S. Government Accountability Office Dr. Gail Pletnick Superintendent Dysart Unified School District, AZ Mr. Phillip Lovell Vice President of Policy Development and Government Relations [...]

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Education Department vacancies may hurt ESSA implementation, witnesses say

By Caitlin Emma, POLITICO Democrat Rep. Susan Davis this morning questioned the Education Department’s capacity to review state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act, given its large number of vacancies and lack of top tier political leadership. Davis made her remarks at a House Education and the Workforce hearing on state and local efforts to implement the law. Other witnesses shared [...]

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House Education Bill Guts Title IIA

House Education Bill Guts Title IIA

Analysis of House Appropriations Labor HHS Education Subcommittee’s FY18 Appropriations Bill Last night, the House Appropriations Subcommittee with jurisdiction over federal education spending marked up its FY18 appropriations bill draft. The bill provides $43.5 billion in spending for education, representing a $2.4 billion cut over last year’s funding level, and completely eliminates Title IIA and the Striving Readers programs, unexpected [...]

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School administrators slam appropriators for scrapping teacher training funds

By Caitlin Emma, POLITICO School administrators and advocates today slammed House lawmakers for advancing a bill that would eliminate more than $2 billion in federal funding for teacher training, preparation and improvement. The National Association of Elementary School Principals and the American Federation of School Administrators call it an “unconscionable decision.” A House Appropriations subcommittee tasked with funding the Education [...]

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