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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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Enter the Union Plus “Cat and Dog Days of Summer Photo Contest” Today!

Enter the Union Plus “Cat and Dog Days of Summer Photo Contest” Today!

Attention all union pet owners! Union Plus wants to see how your favorite furry friends enjoy the summer – hiking, swimming, traveling, lounging, or just staying cool. Submit your pet photos* from July 10 – July 30, 2017 for bragging rights and a chance to win prizes. One GRAND PRIZE winner will receive a one-year full-coverage pet insurance policy from [...]

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State Ed Groups Contemplate Going to Trial

POLITICO New York’s Keshia Clukey: State education organizations are plotting their next move after the state’s highest court dismissed much of a lawsuit that claims the state is not equitably funding public schools. Organizers of the suit, New Yorkers for Students’ Education Rights v. New York, are weighing whether to pursue more evidence from multiple school districts, which, judging from previous litigation, could [...]

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States, school districts get more time to report per-pupil spending

By Caitlin Emma The Education Department is giving states and school districts an extra year to report the amount of federal, state and local dollars spent per student. States and districts were supposed to comply with the new requirement under the Every Student Succeeds Act starting next school year. Federal officials are giving them a little extra time to help [...]

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Don’t Let Congress Strip Health Care Coverage From Working People

Don’t Let Congress Strip Health Care Coverage From Working People

Tell the Senate: Don’t Take Away Our Health Care House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and other Republican extremists in Congress recently passed a new, damaging health care bill. It will strip health care from up to 23 million people, raise insurance premiums by as much as 20% and give a tax break to the super-rich, while taxing workplace health benefits [...]

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Study: 1 in 7 kids eligible for summer meal assistance participates

By Helena Bottemiller Evich, POLITICO Nearly 5 percent fewer low-income students participated in summer meals programs last summer than the summer before — a decline that comes after four years of greatly expanded participation, according to a new study released today. The annual report by the Food Research & Action Center, dubbed “Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation,” looked at participation last summer [...]

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Support Funding for School Leaders on June 14

June 14 is Title II Day of Action Please Join AFSA, NAESP, NASSP, Learning Forward and ASCD for a National Day of Action Join us to advocate for the policies that could significantly impact school leaders, principals, educators and the students they serve. 3 Simple Ways to Participate in Advocacy on June 14 1. Send a prewritten letter to Congress Use [...]

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AFL-CIO Reveals NAFTA Recommendations to Benefit Working People

This article originally appeared on aflcio.org. To view the release visit https://aflcio.org/press/releases/afl-cio-reveals-nafta-recommendations-benefit-working-people.  Today, the AFL-CIO revealed an extensive set of recommendations that could turn the North American Free Trade Agreement into a trade agreement that empowers working people. The recommendations include changes to labor and procurement rules, as well as improved consumer protections and new rules to prevent currency misalignment and tax [...]

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CSA and AFSA Leader Announces Retirement

CSA and AFSA Leader Announces Retirement

By Daniela Brighenti, Chalkbeat This summer, New York City will lose a well-known fixture on the education scene. In the midst of his fourth three-year term as president of the city’s principals union, Ernest Logan announced he will retire from the role effective August 1. Logan’s retirement caps a career he began decades ago as an English teacher at P.S. 224 [...]

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POLITICO New York: City to release long-awaited integration plan, with broad definition of diversity

By Eliza Shapiro Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration will release its long-awaited plan to combat entrenched segregation in city schools on Tuesday, according to city officials. The city will frame the effort to racially and socio-economically integrate New York City’s schools, some of the most segregated in the nation, as part of the mayor’s broad “equity and excellence” education plan. And the city [...]

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