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Senate LHHS-Ed Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing with Secretary DeVos on Department of Education’s FY 2019 Budget Request

The Senate LHHS-Ed Subcommittee held a hearing June 6th on the Department of Education’s FY 2019 Budget Request of $63.2 billion for fiscal year 2019, which is $7.7 billion or 11% less than FY 2018. Right off the bat, Chairman Blunt (R-MO) let the Secretary know that the proposed cuts to education, including large formula programs that support school safety […]

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Sen. Roy Blunt Says Some Trump Education Funding Cuts ‘Not Likely’

According to Politico, Sen. Roy Blunt, the Republican chairman of the Senate subcommittee overseeing education funding, said today that many of President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to education programs are “not likely” to clear his panel. Blunt (R-Mo.) said that while he appreciated some of the administration’s proposals to eliminate and consolidate programs at the Education Department, the cutbacks likely won’t […]

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Parkland Teens to Launch national Bus Tour Urging Opposition to NRA

Politico reports the survivors of the Florida school shooting announced a national March for Our Lives bus tour on Monday designed to promote voter registration among young voters and encourage them to “stand up to the NRA.” The tour, which will startJune 15 at a peace march in Chicago, is a continuation of the massive national rallies the teens from Marjory Stoneman […]

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Dozens of Groups Call on DeVos to Clear Up Comments on Undocumented Students

Politico reports that more than 160 education and civil rights groups today told Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that she must clarify her recent remarks about schools’ handling of undocumented children. During her first-ever appearance before the House education committee last week, DeVos said it’s up to individual schools to decide whether to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement if they suspect students are […]

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In the Face of Janus, AFL-CIO Launches Nationwide Ad Campaign Calling on Working People to Organize

The AFL-CIO today announced a major, national print and digital ad campaign calling on workers to join together in the face of continued corporate assaults on the freedom to join together in union. An open letter to working people, penned by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, will run in USA Today, the Washington Post and regional newspapers in nine states, including […]

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SCOTUS and Unions

The Supreme Court will soon issue a decision in Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31. We’ll leave the dire predictions and hyperbole to the pundits. This memo is focused on the facts so that you and readers can fully understand the implications of this important case. Let’s begin with the “who”: The case is part of a multipronged attack, being spearheaded […]

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Most Teachers Supply Classrooms Out of Their Own Pockets

Politico reports nearly all U.S. teachers spent their own money on classroom supplies without reimbursement, doling out $479 on average in the 2014-2015 school year, according to a new analysis by the National Center for Education Statistics released Tuesday. Overall, 94 percent of teachers used money from their own pockets to stock their classrooms with supplies like paper, pencils and more. While 44 […]

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Statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Diann Woodard Passing

For over nearly four decades, Diann Woodard fought to give Michigan’s children a better future while fighting for justice and rights for teachers and school administrators. Today, America’s labor movement has lost a champion, an exemplary leader and educator. And I’ve lost a friend. From her days growing up in a UAW household in Detroit to her lifelong service to our […]

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DPE Mourns the Passing of AFSA President Diann Woodard

In response to the news of the passing of American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA) President Diann Woodard, Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO (DPE) President Paul E. Almeida issued the following statement: “President Woodard was a vocal advocate for school administrators and professional union members. Through her 36-year career as a teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal, trustee, and leader of […]

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AFSA President, Former MSU Trustee,  School Leader and Teacher Passes Away

AFSA President, Former MSU Trustee, School Leader and Teacher Passes Away

Diann Woodard Unfailingly Spoke Truth to Power in Pursuit of Workers’ Rights, Children, and Racial and Gender Equality Diann Woodard, president of the American Federation of School Administrators and a member of the AFL-CIO Executive Council, died on Sunday, May 6, 2018, after a long illness. Ms. Woodard, whose career included 36 years as a classroom teacher, guidance counselor and […]

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