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New Sandy Hook PSA

New Sandy Hook PSA

This week marks the 6th anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.​​​ ​Please join us in honoring and remembering the 20 children and 6 educators that were killed that day, including principal and AFSA member, Dawn Hochsprung​.  Our hearts will forever be with the victims and their families. We wanted to share with you this powerful public service announcement​​, […]

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The Big Jobs of Small Town School Leaders

The Hechinger Report writes that Rural school leaders have some of the most complex roles in education — and some of the highest attrition. Read the article and see if this matches up with what we know of big city principals. The big jobs of small-town principals

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Holiday Reading on Education Policy

Holiday Reading on Education Policy

With the new year comes new legislative actions at both a state and national level. For those interested in understanding where education policy stands today, Peter Greene, a former English teacher, provides some book recommendations that can get you up-to-date. If you have book ideas to share, email: afsa@afsaadmin.org  

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Civics and Democracy, the role of schools

In August, AFSA President Ernie Logan made a strong case for our union to take the lead in promoting civics education in our schools. That idea is gaining stem everyday. A new blog in Diverse, Issues in Higher Education written by Olawa Gibson, a 5th grade master teacher at the New American Academy Charter School in Brooklyn showcases the work her […]

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Nearly 750 Union Members Win Elected Office

Led by Minnesota’s Tim Walz, some 743 unionists – and counting – won public office nationwide, from Congress down to county commissioner, the AFL-CIO calculates.  Walz, a member of Education Minnesota – the joint AFT-NEA affiliate in the state – and a Mankato High School history teacher, was the Democratic-Farmer-Labor congressman from the GOP-leaning 1st District for the last 12 […]

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Post Election: Let’s Get to Work

Post Election: Let’s Get to Work

This election was a victory for civics because so many people did their duty and voted.   For educators, this election was a turning point as many of our colleagues went above and beyond their voting obligations and ran for office. According to NEA, over 1800 educators ran for public office this election cycle. One of the best headlines post […]

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Make a Voting Plan

Make a Voting Plan

“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.” ― Abraham Lincoln Have you made your voting plan yet? Next Tuesday, November 6, is one of the most important midterm elections in our lifetime. I know you […]

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It’s time to Vote to Change Schools

It’s time to Vote to Change Schools

During the July AFSA convention, President Ernest Logan said our jobs as school leaders is to keep the light of democracy burning. With all the focus on testing and STEM education, history and civics has gotten lost. In his speech, he called on each of us to start the drum beat for civics and history education. But to bring those […]

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Principals Under Pressure — New Report From Education Week

Principals Under Pressure — New Report From Education Week

Education Week asks the questions, “is there a job in K-12 education more demanding and complex than the principal’s?” The reporters answer a big no. the write “principals have to answer to the central office. They need to be responsive to parents. They must make teachers their top priority—to be instructional leaders. And of course, they must build relationships with […]

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AFL-CIO TV Ad Highlighting Worker Power

  From a resounding defeat of “right to work” in Missouri to organizing victories in numerous industries nationwide, working people are standing up together. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said, “We don’t fear the attacks against us. We don’t fear right to work. Our power comes from the connection between us. We want fairness, we want dignity. We want everybody to […]

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