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American High Schools Challenged by Political Incivility, Lack of Civic Education

American High Schools Challenged by Political Incivility, Lack of Civic Education

New national survey of principals finds schools struggling with the opioid epidemic, immigration enforcement and gun violence In his inaugural address, AFSA President Ernest Logan stressed the need for civics education: “We put citizenship and history on the back burner in our schools,” he noted, calling for AFSA to be the leading advocate to place civics education on the front burner. […]

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Trump Budget Seeks to Slash Education Funds

Budgets are a statement of priorities. And, from the budget he sent to Congress last week, President Trump’s priorities are a big boost in military spending, a wall, deep cuts in domestic programs and years of trillion-dollar deficits. Public education clearly is not a priority. In fact, President Trump calls on Congress to cut the Department of Education’s budget by a […]

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New N.J. State Law Requires Panic Alarms in Schools

New N.J. State Law Requires Panic Alarms in Schools

Administrators striving to safeguard their schools know that how quickly police arrive on the scene makes a critical difference. Every second counts in an emergency. Now, working with AFSA and local educators, New Jersey has enacted a law requiring public schools statewide to install panic alarms directly linked to local law enforcement. Called “Alyssa’s Law,” it is named in memory […]

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Take Action: Fund Our Future

Take Action: Fund Our Future

As principals we know that virtually no institution rivals the importance of America’s public schools to our communities, economy and democracy. They bring neighbors together, set students on paths of opportunity and instill a spirit of civic engagement in each new generation. Yet, over the past decade, we have witnessed a ruthless campaign, at every level of government, to gut […]

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Teacher Strikes Help Entire Community

The wave of teachers’ walkouts and strikes for almost a year – forced on the workers by penny-pinching and tax-cutting GOP administrations and politicians – represent “successful examples” of community-based action where victories benefit everyone, says Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten. That’s because those walkouts, in West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arizona, Denver, Los Angeles, Oakland, among Chicago charter school teachers […]

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Statement on 2020 Federal Ed Budget

Statement on 2020 Federal Ed Budget

Statement of AFSA President Ernest Logan on President Trump’s 2020 Education Budget  The President may have been a month late with his FY20 budget owing to the 35-day federal government shutdown, but his proposed slashing of the education budget could have been predicted a year ago, maybe two years ago. That’s because it looks a lot like his FY18 and FY19 […]

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Homework Is Too Focused on Rote Learning

Homework Is Too Focused on Rote Learning

  The Center for American Progress released a new report that takes a first-of-its-kind look at homework assignment quality. Specifically, the study examines how homework assignments align with Common Core State Standards and whether they require students to demonstrate the full depth of knowledge required of the content standards. In reviewing a snapshot of homework samples collected using Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk), the […]

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Oakland School Leaders:  Safety Key Concern During Strike, We Stand With Teachers

Oakland School Leaders:  Safety Key Concern During Strike, We Stand With Teachers

Statement from Lauran Waters-Cherry, President JoAnna Lougin, Executive Director                                                           “As our Oakland teachers go on strike, we strongly support their fight for smaller class sizes, more support for students, and a […]

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New GAO Study Examines U.S. DOE Assessment Challenges

New GAO Study Examines U.S. DOE Assessment Challenges

The U.S. Department of Education provides billions of dollars in grants for programs to improve K–12 outcomes. Do they work? The U.S. Government Accountability Office found that DOE faces challenges determining whether these programs work.  Specifically, problems persist with: Oversight. For example, some program grant files were missing descriptions of what grantees achieved. Data quality. Education lacks assurance that some state-submitted data […]

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Reaction — 2019 State of the Union Address

Reaction — 2019 State of the Union Address

Statement by Ernest Logan, President  American Federation of School Administrators I am pleased to say that the state of our union, the American Federation of School Administrators, is strong. As the school leaders who create the environment for academic achievement, we remain united in our focus on the children we serve every day. We are disappointed in President Trump’s lack […]

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