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Mapping the Most Disadvantaged School Districts

Sources: Education Law Center and Rutgers Graduate School of Education “More than 1.5 million children are educated in districts with less than average resources, despite greater than average student needs, according to a new report from the Education Law Center and Rutgers. The districts, deemed “disadvantaged,” are in 20 states. The worst are in Sumter, S.C., and Shelby, Tenn., where districts face [...]

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Sign Up for Our New Bully Prevention Webinar

Sign Up for Our New Bully Prevention Webinar

The Power of the Administrator: Bully Prevention Webinar  Tuesday, March 21 2:00pm EST A passionate advocate for bully prevention and American recording artist, Lizzie Sider, together with AFSA Vice President, Lauran Cherry, will host a webinar followed by a Q&A on how administrators can help create a climate to reduce bullying in schools. SIGN UP HERE Learn insights on how [...]

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D.C. charter schools discipline students nearly twice as much as national average

A new report from the U.S Government Accountability Office reveals that the District of Columbia’s charter schools continue to suspend and expel students at significantly higher rates that the national average. The trend is even worse for black students and students with disabilities, who were disproportionately suspended and expelled, the report found. The report examined discipline rates from the 2011-12 [...]

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AFSA President Responds to Secretary of Education Confirmation

In response to the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Betsy DeVos as the next U.S. Secretary of Education, AFSA President Diann Woodard released the following statement: I am extremely disappointed with the United States Senate’s confirmation of Mrs. DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education. Hundreds of thousands of Americans called their Senators, and urged them not to confirm Mrs. DeVos. Virtually [...]

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DeVos Nomination Approved by HELP Committee but Full Senate Approval in Question

This afternoon, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee voted along party lines today to move Betsy DeVos’ nomination for Secretary of Education out of committee and to the Senate floor for a confirmation vote, with all 11 Democrats voting against and all 12 Republicans voting in favor. Almost every Democrat’s remarks against the nomination raised the same [...]

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Senate Democrats Propose Education Funding in $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

Today Senate Democrats are announcing a $1 trillion infrastructure plan that will create over 15 million new jobs. Below are excerpts describing education-related pieces of the proposal.  Read the one pager and the blueprint.          Strengthening America’s Public Schools $75 billion – Creating 975,000 New Jobs   We will invest $75 billion to jumpstart public school modernization. The funds would [...]

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TPP Withdrawal Good First Step Toward Building Trade Policies that Benefit Working People

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the following statement about the withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Last year, a powerful coalition of labor, environmental, consumer, public health and allied groups came together to stop the TPP. Today’s announcement that the US is withdrawing from TPP and seeking a reopening of NAFTA is an important first step toward a trade policy [...]

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AFSA Joins Organizations to Voice Concerns about Secretary of Education Pick, DeVos

AFSA joined 65 groups in voicing concerns about Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos and urged the Senate to scrutinize DeVos’ record on advocating for private school vouchers, which undermine the public school system. Read our letter here

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Yolanda Jones-Generette: A Leader Who Goes Above and Beyond

Yolanda Jones-Generette: A Leader Who Goes Above and Beyond

Yolanda Jones-Generette, a member of School Administrators Association of New Haven, AFSA Local 18, exemplifies being a hardworking leader with many accomplishments during her 22 years of serving the New Haven Public Schools district. Her longtime career in education, including teaching experience in early child education, led her to serve as assistant principal for Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School (BESMS) [...]

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Four-Year Anniversary of Sandy Hook Elementary Tragedy

Today marks the 4th anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Our thoughts are 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 partner, along with several other leading national education [...]

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