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Senate Democrats push for teacher improvement, leadership funding

Thirty Democratic senators are urging Senate appropriators to provide at least $2.3 billion in Title II, Part A funding, or federal funds for teacher and principal improvement and professional development. The grant program was not funded in President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal. In a letter, the Democrats also ask for $30 million for a small program under the Every [...]

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Connecticut Democrats rally around high school after DeVos shares critical story

By Kimberly Hefling Democratic lawmakers joined parents and students at East Hartford High School Tuesday to rally in support of it several days after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos shared a former student’s description of his alma mater as “adult day care.” DeVos told the former student’s story during testimony last week before a congressional panel as she pushed for better school options [...]

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Happy Memorial Day from AFSA

AFSA wishes you all a peaceful and joyous Memorial Day holiday, as we join you in pausing to honor and remember those who have fallen while serving our great nation. We are so grateful to those that have made the ultimate sacrifice, so that we may all enjoy our freedoms, and our time with family, friends, and loved ones. As [...]

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DeVos Testimony before House LHHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee on Trump Administration’s FY 2018 Budget

Executive Summary On May 24, 2017, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos testified before the House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee for Labor, Health, Human Services and Education about the Trump Administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposal. The budget proposal, released less than 24 hours before DeVos’ testimony, would slash the Department of Education by $9.2 billion, cutting Title I by $578 [...]

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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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