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How Trump might extend school vouchers across America

By Caitlin Emma and Kimberly Hefling, POLITICO President Donald Trump’s path to creating a national school voucher plan runs through Florida, where a program begun by his onetime rival Jeb Bush pays the private school tuition for nearly 100,000 kids. Replicating that program may represent Republicans’ best shot to realize the president’s promise to extend school vouchers across America — [...]

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Principals Groups Urge Congress to Support Full Funding of Title II, Part A of ESSA

Principals Groups Urge Congress to Support Full Funding of Title II, Part A of ESSA

AFSA, ASCD, Learning Forward, the Nation Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), and New Leaders wrote a letter to express their support for full funding of Title II, part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) as Congress works to finalize a funding measure for the remainder of FY 2017 and [...]

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Social Media and Grieving Children: Helpful or Harmful?

When a child has experienced the death of a family member or close friend, can social media be a good thing? Or is it more likely to cause distress and harm? Social media is a fact of student life today. The vast majority of teens spend time on social media sites, and many younger students do as well. “The discussion [...]

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AFSA Member Spotlight: Luis Eliado Torres

AFSA Member Spotlight: Luis Eliado Torres

Determined Principal Earns Innovative Educational Assets for Bronx School Although PS 55 is located in one of the poorest communities—with one of the highest recorded crime rates in the Bronx—it has an abundance of state-of-theart education assets, such as classrooms equipped with the latest technology, and full-service clinics. The school owes its good fortune to its hardworking principal, Luis Eliado [...]

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School administrators slam Trump for meeting with ‘advocates for privatizing’ public schools

WASHINGTON—The School Administrators are slamming Republican President Donald Trump and his hand-picked controversial Education Secretary, Elizabeth “Betsy” DeVos, for heavily weighting their first meeting on education to favor “advocates for privatizing the nation’s public schools.” Instead, says AFSA President Diann Woodard, Trump and DeVos should be meeting with “major organizations representing school leaders,” including principals. “Despite the fact that 80 [...]

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EDWeek Features AFSA and Others’ Work Against Trump’s Budget Cuts

AFSA has been working diligently over the last several weeks, to advocate for and protect federal funding that can be used for principal professional development and training in your districts (specifically the Title II program). Below is an article that was published in EdWeek, that discusses President Trump’s proposed cuts to the Title II program, and that references some of the [...]

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AFSA and Principals’ Groups Oppose Trump’s Proposed FY17 Cuts

STATEMENT OF K-12 PRINCIPALS’ AND EDUCATION LEADERS’ GROUPS ON TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S PROPOSED FY17 APPROPRIATIONS CUTS:   Washington, DC, March 28, 2017. – “We are outraged that the Trump Administration has just proposed to eliminate fully half of all FY17 funding for Title IIA, the Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants program. Effective teachers and school leaders are crucial to increasing student [...]

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Elementary Schools Axing Homework to Give Younger Students a Break

Students love to hear the words “no homework” at the end of the school day. It’s music to their ears. This past year a handful of elementary schools introduced a no-homework pilot program to give their youngest students a break from the after-school work, an approach that has left educators, parents and even experts divided on the issue. Some parents [...]

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Report Finds Head Start Program Quality Varies Widely by State

A new report released by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers Graduate School of Education revealed that access to funding per child, teacher education, quality of teaching and duration of services under the Head Start program all vary widely by state, resulting in the neglect of many children living in poverty. NIEER focused on the 2006–2007 [...]

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Time to Organize: Woodard Concerned Over Exclusion of Principals from DeVos Meeting

AFSA President Diann Woodard has expressed great concern over the exclusion of principals and public educators from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ first official meeting with President Trump, a gathering heavily weighted with advocates for privatizing the nation’s public schools. She strongly urged that the secretary convene a meeting with the major organizations representing school leaders. Despite the fact that [...]

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