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AFSA’s Call For National Safety Task Force In The News

AFSA’s Call For National Safety Task Force In The News

In the wake of the shootings in Newtown, Conn., the American Federation of School Administrators is calling for a national task force specifically on school safety.

The task force, the goals of which were outlined in a press release dated Dec. 18, would focus on standards for establishing best practices in school safety, for implementing those best practices, and for determining what resources are needed to establish them.

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Reflecting On Today’s Tragedy

We’ve just been informed that one of our sisters, Dawn Hochsprung, was killed in today’s unthinkable tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. Hochsprung is described as a leader and innovator in her community by those who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family members.

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AFSA Signs On To Letter Asking Congress Members To Put Children First

AFSA has signed on to Senator Mikulski’s letter asking Speaker Bohener, Senator Reid, Senator McConnell, and Representative Pelosi to put children before their differences and come together to avoid the impending “fiscal cliff.”

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President Woodard Joins Michigan Coalition To Oppose Race to the Top Finalist

Out of the 61 finalists for Race to the Top funding, the newly created “Education Achievement Authority” (EAA) was the only listed finalist from Michigan, which will be responsible for running the lowest performing five percent of the state’s schools. President Woodard joined a coalition made up of educators, parents, and members of the community to send a letter to President Obama and Secretary Duncan opposing this selection.

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Jobs and Programs Endangered as DCPS Announces Plans to Close 20 Schools

Members of the Council of School Officers (CSO), AFSA Local 4, in Washington, D.C., are in danger of losing their jobs after DC Public Schools (DCPS) announced its proposal to close 20 schools, 18 of which would close as early as the fall of 2013. These schools are suffering funding and student enrollment shortages, largely due to the increasing number of students heading to charter schools.

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Union Plus Offering Disaster Relief Funds: Find Out If Your Eligible!

To help union members struggling as a result of Hurricane Sandy, Union Plus is offering Disaster Relief Grants. About 30 counties around New York City (including lower Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island), the Jersey shore (from Cape May to Asbury Park) and Connecticut (including Fairfield and New Haven) qualify for individual assistance.

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Help families affected by Hurricane Sandy and donate to United Way

Over the past few days, Hurricane Sandy has torn apart the lives of millions of Americans. With leadership from United Way of New York City, United Ways along the Eastern Seabord have established the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund to address near-term and long-term recovery needs of communities most affected by the hurricane. Contributions will be used by United Ways in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, DC and West Virginia to address recovery needs in communities that FEMA has declared disaster areas.

Visit UWSandyRecovery.org to donate to the Fund. You can also use your phone to text RECOVERY to 52000 to make a $10 donation.

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President Diann Woodard: Why I Support Obama

I recount my experience to help you understand what’s at stake today for the futures of so many more little children that may be found “playing” school, doctor, actor, or business man – children dreaming of a chance to realize their dreams. Like so many of us, President Obama believes in every little child’s dream. He understands what it means “to promote the general welfare” that is the founding vision of our democracy.

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The Fight Continues in Baltimore

The Fight Continues in Baltimore

Jimmy Gittings, president of the Public School Administrators and Supervisors Association (PSASA), AFSA Local 25, is working tirelessly to uphold the reputation of all AFSA members and to ensure principals in the Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) are treated fairly. However, the relationship between principals and BCPS remains tense, as additional allegations of cheating on standardized test scores has led to 16 more principals currently being investigated.

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AFSA Members Attend Committee For Education Funding Gala

Tuesday night President Diann Woodard and AFSA members from the DC metro area attended the Committee for Education Funding’s annual Gala, honoring those in leadership positions that have displayed a strong commitment to public education. There to provide welcoming remarks was Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan who emphasized that we must come together as a country and “not view education as an expense, but as an important investment.”

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