AFSA Blog

Art, Music Classes Fall  Victim to Budget Cuts

Art, Music Classes Fall Victim to Budget Cuts

Children of all ages, races and social statuses across the nation find inspiration and stimulation in the art and music programs their public schools offer. Despite the influence these powerful programs can have on students’ lives, they have been at the top of the chopping block when schools are looking to make budget cuts; some schools even have lost their art programs altogether.

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Under One Umbrella

Our union’s third regional leadership conference of the year, held in San Francisco, proved highly successful for a number of reasons, not least of all that we were joined by administrator organizations from Los Angeles and Milwaukee that are not currently AFSA Locals.

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Cyberbullying: Bullying  in the 21st Century

Cyberbullying: Bullying in the 21st Century

Bullying is not new to schools. The difference between bullying now and how it was just a few years ago can be attributed to the increase of accessibility to the Internet and the affordability of new technology. With the advent and subsequent boom of social media sites and electronic communications, bullies now have multiple ways to harass their victims.

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San Francisco Mayor Issues Proclamation for AFSA

San Francisco Mayor Issues Proclamation for AFSA

During AFSA’s West Coast Regional Leadership Conference, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued a proclamation announcing that Oct. 28 is officially American Federation of School Administrators Day in San Francisco.

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Remembering 9/11

As we near the 10th anniversary of September 11, we pause to remember the victims and their families, and to honor the first responders and heroes who served on that tragic day and thereafter. As educators, it is vital that we keep sacred in our hearts and in our classrooms the day that forever altered the lives of so many. We encourage you to participate and attend commemorative events in your area and to share your stories, comments and experiences with us, as well as with your colleagues and students.

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Preparing For Back To School

In the coming weeks, we will open school buildings sorely in need of repair, some lacking supplies and equipment and many in unsafe areas. Yet, we will cast a spell to ignore most of this as we watch teachers transform classrooms into oases of tactile learning centers. We will preserve the sanity of a good, well-rounded education for every child in spite of the world’s outcry for increased test scores.

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Two AFSA Locals Part of ‘Principal Pipeline’ Initiative

Two AFSA Locals, CSA in NYC and ASASP in Prince George’s County, MD, are in the school districts that are receiving money from The Wallace Foundation.

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AFSA Regional VP Jimmy Gittings Featured in Baltimore Sun

Jimmy Gittings, AFSA Regional Vice President and head of the Baltimore local, discusses the issue of principal turnover in the Baltimore Sun.

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The Dog Days of Summer

The Dog Days of Summer

As a school leader and principal, Dr. Fatima Morrell has a wealth of knowledge about the education system today. A member of the Buffalo Council of Supervisors & Administrators, AFSA Local 10, Morrell discussed how she prepares students and teachers for a new school year and the challenges associated with it, including dealing with budget cuts, the importance of creating a sense of community and why education is so important.

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St. Louis Principal Presented “Principal of the Year” Award

The St. Louis Public School District is pleased to announce that Debra Leto, principal at Mason School of Academic and Cultural Literacy, was named Principal of the Year by the St. Louis Symphony on April 18. An educator and a school leader with the district since 1994, Leto partnered with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra while an instructional coordinator at Carver Elementary.

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