AFSA Blog

Texas schools ponder recovery after Hurricane Harvey

By Caitlin Emma, POLITICO Southeast Texas school officials are just beginning to assess the damage from Hurricane Harvey after the storm closed schools or caused delays earlier this week for hundreds of thousands of students in about 200 public school districts and more than 40 charter schools. Many schools won’t open until at least Sept. 5, according to the latest information [...]

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New York: Education, resources a top concern for New York voters, poll shows

By Keshia Clukey Funding and resources for public schools are a top concern for New Yorkers, outweighing teacher qualifications and over-testing, according to a poll released today by High Achievement New York. The national poll included responses from more than 300 registered voters in New York, and was conducted by Achieve, a funder of High Achievement, a pro-Common Core coalition of businesses, [...]

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Census: Private school enrollment continues to decline

By Mel Leonor Even as school enrollment remains steady, the number of students enrolling in private schools has declined by a half-million over the past decade, new Census data show. Private elementary school enrollment dropped from 3.1 to 2.6 million between 2006 and 2016, and private high school enrollment dropped from 1.5 to 1.3 million in the same time span. The trend [...]

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Number of Students Using D.C. Vouchers Drops, Report Finds

Number of Students Using D.C. Vouchers Drops, Report Finds

By Alyson Klein President Donald Trump and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos have heaped praise on the District of Columbia’s school voucher program. But a report released Wednesday by FutureEd, a think tank housed at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, finds that the number of students who actually used the vouchers dropped to 1,154 in the 2016-17 school year, from 1,638 [...]

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Gallup: Public support for public education up slightly

By Caitlin Emma, POLITICO The percentage of U.S. adults who rate public schools as “excellent” or “good” has increased by 7 percentage points since 2012, while those giving private schools high marks decreased by the same ratio. That’s according to new poll results today from Gallup. Despite the slight change in public perception, 71 percent of U.S. adults still believe independent private [...]

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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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Statement by AFSA President Diann Woodard on Domestic Terror in Charlottesville

AFSA strongly condemns the hatefulness and violence that has been on display over the last few days in Charlottesville, VA. There is truly no place for this type of evil, bigotry and blatant racism in our country. Our prayers go out to the victims and first responders that have been injured trying to promote peace, especially those that lost their [...]

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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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