AFSA Blog

A Victory For Public Workers In Ohio And Michigan

Tuesday, Nov. 8, was a momentous night for the labor movement. Legislative victories in Ohio and Michigan showed that voters care about workers’ rights and the need for jobs, and the elections confirmed that Americans still have a say in their governments.

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New Report On Principal Effectiveness In The Works

New Report On Principal Effectiveness In The Works

In August, AFSA commissioned the American Institutes for Research (AIR), an internationally renowned firm specializing in social science and behavioral research, to conduct a study on principal effectiveness. Specifically, the report will focus on the best methods of principal evaluation, the shared qualities that effective principals demonstrate and the need for principals to have a say in reform.

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Educators Handed The Role Of Parent And Instructor

School has always been a place of learning. It is where educators take young minds and mold them, preparing them for future careers and success. But for some students, school is more than just a place to learn. It is a place of refuge and comfort—a home away from home.

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Outreach Program Provides Benefits, Assistance For Retirees

Outreach Program Provides Benefits, Assistance For Retirees

Contrary to popular belief, not all retired union members bumble around their Florida homes in their fuzzy slippers reading the Sunday comics.

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The Growing Pains Of A Healthy Future

In recent years, “healthy” has not often been a word used to describe our nation’s youth. Many schools are cutting physical education classes, and high prices on nutritious school lunches are pushing students to buy cheap junk food. The education system cannot be held fully accountable for the obesity of our youth, but many of these issues fall under its control.

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AFSA Conference Energizes School Leaders

AFSA Conference Energizes School Leaders

AFSA members and guests convened in San Francisco in October for the third and final AFSA Leadership Conference in the series: “Leaders in the Mirror: Embracing the Implementation of Reform.”

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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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