AFSA Blog

New Orleans Public School Employees Case Finally Goes to Court

Nearly 7,500 New Orleans Public School Employees (NOPSE) and PANOPSI members have been embroiled in a wrongful-termination lawsuit for more than five years against the Louisiana State Department of Education, the Recovery School District, and the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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Boston Unions and City Use Collective Bargaining Process to Achieve Landmark Agreement

A coalition of Boston public employee unions, including BASAS (Boston Association of School Administrators and Supervisors, AFSA Local 6) signed a landmark four-year agreement with the Menino administration that will save the city and taxpayers an estimated $70 million in public employee health insurance costs.

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Update on Detroit: A System Still in Strife

Update on Detroit: A System Still in Strife

Detroit is working hard to get the American Dream back into education, but there still are many obstacles standing in the way. Since the spring edition of The Leader, in which the situation regarding Detroit was profiled, several important updates have occurred relating to Detroit and its education system.

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AFSA rallies with AFGE

AFSA rallies with AFGE

The conflict in Wisconsin and the widespread assault on workers’ rights has ignited the labor movement. To combat the attacks on the hardworking middle class, the AFL-CIO hosted a national Day of Action on April 4 that AFSA participated in with fellow unions.

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AFSA GEB members met at the AFSA Midwestern and Southern Regional Leadership  Conference in New Orleans in April. Pictured left to right, starting back left: Bruce Bryant,  Esq., Domingo Madera, Crystal Boling-Barton, Ernest Logan, Wendi Caporicci, Dr. Leonard  Pugliese, James Smallwood, Charles Whelan, Dominic Sacchetti, Carver Farrow, Florida  Woods, James Dierke, Diann Woodard, Cynthia Warren, Elaine Papas and Clarice Berry.

AFSA Conference Addresses Labor Issues and Education Reform

AFSA members convened in New Orleans in April to discuss the struggles educators and labor unionists are facing in the current political and economic climate. Attendees heard from union leaders, university researchers, fellow AFSA members and a motivational speaker on how to handle misguided education reforms and attacks from anti-union politicians.

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A Lucky Life

A Lucky Life

Marion Grady is the type of person who defines experiences rather than letting them define her. She sees opportunities at every turn, which may explain why she likes working with challenging students.

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It’s The Poverty, Stupid

The urgent call for radical changes to public education being trumpeted by business leaders is predicated on the assertion that America’s public schools are literally failing. The evidence insistently offered in support of their missionary zeal is the “fact” that U.S. students lag far behind students internationally.

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School Leaders United

In March, AFSA launched a major new initiative to organize and activate members in stepped-up political and communications programs to combat the assaults by reactionary politicians against educators and other public employees.

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The Need for Professional Development

Originally published in the Spring 2011 edition of The Leader

AFSA Local 44 President Thomas Cason weighs in on the importance of professional development and his career in St. Louis public schools.

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PANOPSI, AFSA Local 17, Goes to Court

PANOPSI, AFSA Local 17, filed a class-action lawsuit against multiple Louisiana state education officials for the wrongful termination of nearly 7,500 school employees immediately following Hurricane Katrina.

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