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President Trump’s Budget Betrays Working People

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on President Donald Trump’s FY2018 budget proposal: President Donald Trump’s budget is the most significant betrayal yet of the working people he claims to support. This budget is a blueprint for how to rig the rules of the economy to favor the wealthy and corporations, while taking away our freedoms and protections at work. [...]

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AFSA President’s Statement on President Trump’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2018

AFSA President’s Statement on President Trump’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2018

President Trump released his budget for Fiscal Year 2018 on May 23. AFSA President Diann Woodard released the following statement in response: “President Trump’s FY 2018 Budget request is a reverse Robin Hood Budget. It slashes and decimates programs for the most vulnerable Americans, while stuffing the pockets of the uber-wealthy,” “As school leaders, AFSA members are responsible for leading [...]

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Title II Press Statement

STATEMENT OF PRINCIPALS’, EDUCATORS’ AND SCHOOL LEADERS’ GROUPS OPPOSING TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S PROPOSED FY18 APPROPRIATIONS CUTS: Washington, DC, May 23, 2017—”We adamantly oppose President Trump’s FY 2018 budget proposal to completely eliminate funding for Title II, Part A, the Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants program. Eliminating funding for this program, which was authorized in the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), will devastate state [...]

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Add value to your AFSA membership, register for new webinar

Add value to your AFSA membership, register for new webinar

  Looking for savings on your cell phone? Need legal advice? Looking for car tires at VIP prices? As an AFSA member you are automatically eligible for several Union Plus programs, backed by the AFL-CIO, of which AFSA is an affiliate. Join us for an informational webinar to learn about the many services, discounts and benefits Union Plus has available to you, [...]

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Business Invests in Professional Learning. Why Doesn’t Education?

Cutting Title II funding for teacher professional development is shortsighted By Deborah S. Delisle When I was the school superintendent in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, from 2003 to 2008, we served a highly diverse population that included children who were homeless, as well as children whose families lived in capacious mansions. Their needs were as varied as the differences in their circumstances. [...]

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School Leadership Groups Disappointed by Negotiated Budget Deal

States and districts will receive fewer funds for educator support and professional development RESTON, VA– The American Federation of School Administrators, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals-representing the nation’s 120,000 school leaders-issued the following statement regarding funding for Title II Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): We are extremely [...]

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In meeting with Betsy DeVos, New York’s education commissioner pushes back on Trump budget

In meeting with Betsy DeVos, New York’s education commissioner pushes back on Trump budget

By Monica Disare, Chalkbeat The head of New York’s education department capitalized on her Monday meeting with U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos by discussing the “devastating impact” President Trump’s proposed budget would have on New York’s schools, officials said. One of Elia’s top concerns is the potential loss of $176 million in Title IIA funding, which is used for teacher and [...]

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A Look at How Some States Want to Handle School Ratings in ESSA Plans

Written By: Andrew Ujifusa, Education Week “One of the most closely watched issues in states’ Every Students Succeeds Act plans will be how they plan to assign ratings to schools. Thanks to several states that turned in their plans by the April 3 deadline, we have an early idea of where states on headed on this. One important decision is whether to [...]

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President Woodard Meets with Principals and Administrators in Buffalo, N.Y.

President Woodard Meets with Principals and Administrators in Buffalo, N.Y.

The following is the daily communications briefing on behalf of Dr. Cash. Dear Colleagues: Today I had the pleasure of meeting President Diann Woodard, of the American Federation of School Administrators. The AFSA-AFL-CIO is the national union BPS administrators are affiliated with. President Woodard had lunch at the Emerson School of Hospitality with Director of Elementary Education Dr. Ann Fitzgerald, Emerson Principal [...]

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Spotlight Cast on Out-of-Pocket Spending by Those in High-Poverty Schools

An overwhelming majority of teachers (97 percent) and principals (98 percent) surveyed agree that equity in education should be a national priority, according to a new poll conducted by Scholastic Inc.  A total of 3,694 teachers (including 76 school librarians) and 1,027 principals (including 146 vice principals) completed the survey. In the past year, the teachers who participated in the [...]

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