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Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

Social media can be an effective tool for school administrators and local union leaders when used correctly. Union leaders can use social media to activate and increase membership, while school administrators, with permission from their schools, can use social media to positively promote their school or other organizations. Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are three popular social media sites that could be advantageous for schools and union leaders.

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AFSA Joins Forces with IUPAT

AFSA is excited to announce a partnership with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) and IUPAT District Council 51 in Lanham, Md.

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ESEA Reauthorization Continues to Move Slowly

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is four years overdue for reauthorization, and the current pace of negotiations continues to remain uninspiring. The House and the Senate have approached the reauthorization of the bill in separate ways and have yet to present anything that suggests the bill will be finished before the end of the summer.

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A Vision for Our Children

How the 2012 Presidential Hopefuls View Education Originally published in the summer 2011 edition of The Leader As November 2012 approaches, multiple presidential hopefuls have thrown their hats into the ring. Although no Democrats have come forth to challenge President Obama, eight Republicans have formally announced their run for office. In three years, President Obama has worked to revive the [...]

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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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