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Teacher strikes roil states that limit tax increases

Politco reports two red states where hundreds of thousands of teachers have rallied against dismal pay and massive public education cuts have one thing in common — their state constitutions make it really hard to raise taxes. Arizona and Oklahoma each require a supermajority — or much more than half — of the state legislature to vote to impose new […]

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Join Schools Nationwide Online for a Day of Service Learning

Join Schools Nationwide Online for a Day of Service Learning

On May 4, connect with schools and classrooms across North America for the first-ever online WE Day event. WE Day Connect is an interactive, online event where youth and educators come together to celebrate acts of volunteerism and showcase how they can act locally and globally to make a difference. Turn your classroom into a global celebration of possibility! Join […]

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Schools Close as Arizona and Colorado Teachers Strike

Politico reports that more than 1,000 public schools are closed in Arizona today as teachers rally at the state Capitol and near public thoroughfares to ask for higher pay and a boost for education funding. Arizona is the most populous state to host a statewide teacher strike this year — and with school closures that are expected to affect three-quarters of the […]

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Help Protect Public Schools in Puerto Rico

Still suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and Irma, Puerto Rico faces another hurdle—getting its students back into quality, safe public schools. Instead of providing stability at this time of need, by investing in and strengthening public schools in Puerto Rico, Governor Ricardo Rossello and his education secretary, Julia Keleher, are using this time of crisis as a reason […]

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Arizona Teachers Vote to Walk Out Next Week

According to Politico, Arizona’s teachers have rejected Gov. Doug Ducey’s plan to eventually boost teacher salaries by 20 percent and will walk out on April 26, union leaders say. The announcement follows a vote by more than 57,000 school employees in the state, with 78 percent backing a walkout. “Arizona educators have delivered a strong message tonight and overwhelmingly support […]

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Lawmakers Tout Student Support Grants with Possible Cuts Looming

Politico reports House lawmakers touted state grants for student support services that got a boost in the recently passed omnibus spending bill — from which the Trump administration wants to cut out as much as $60 billion. The Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants — which help schools offer counseling and mental health services, among other things — have seen […]

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Stand with Our Students on April 20

Stand with Our Students on April 20

Words, thoughts and prayers, are not enough anymore. We have witnessed tragedy after tragedy, from Columbine, to Sandy Hook, to Parkland. Every student deserves a safe learning environment. That is why AFSA is joining together with thousands of students, teachers, parents and communities on April 20, the anniversary date of the Columbine High School shooting, for a National Day of Action Against […]

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Celebrating Assistant Principals Nationwide!

Celebrating Assistant Principals Nationwide!

“Assistant Principals are vital resources in the administration and supervision of public schools, and in order to function professionally, a sufficient number  of these educators should be assigned to all schools. The Assistant Principalship is both a career role and a preparatory position, and all involved in the school system should make certain that this professional human resource is utilized […]

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In Solidarity With Oklahoma Teachers

In Solidarity With Oklahoma Teachers

Teachers in Oklahoma made their voices heard and walked out of their classrooms and staged rallies in protest of their extremely low pay, and following years of drastic cuts to education funding overall. Leading up to this action, AFSA has been connecting with Greg Frederick, president of the Oklahoma City Building Administrators (OCBA), AFSA Local 79. “Without adequate funding, we […]

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Teacher ‘Sickout’ Over Pension Vote Closes Dozens of Kentucky Schools

Politico reports hundreds of Kentucky teachers called in sick Friday, March 30 and took to the state Capitol to protest changes to their pension plans. Teachers demonstrated in Frankfort against a bill approved by state lawmakers late Thursday that would cut back on retirement benefits and eliminate the existing pension plan for new teachers. The action triggered the closure of schools in […]

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