Issues

School Safety and Bullying

School Safety School leaders are ultimately responsible for creating a safe and secure learning environment. While some districts have policies and strategies in place that address crisis situations, immediate policy must be developed to ensure that all schools are prepared in case of emergency. In February 2013, AFSA invited David Esquith, Director, Office of Safe and Healthy Students for the [...]

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Bullying

Bullying of children and young adults is a serious problem across the nation.  Educators, parents, students and community members are becoming increasingly aware of this national problem. School administrators work daily to provide a safe and secure environment for all students and staff. That is why AFSA is proud to join with The BULLY Project, a social action campaign and [...]

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Professional Development, Early Education and Student Support

H.R. 1514 – The Instructional Leadership Act H.R.1736- The School Principal Recruitment and Training Act of 2013 H.R.791 – Continuum of Learning Act of 2013 S. 519- Providing Resources Early for Kids Act of 2013 (also known as the PRE-K Act) S.392: Promoting Health as Youth Skills In Classrooms And Life Act H.R. 4269 – Great Teaching and Leading for [...]

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AFL-CIO AFGE Host Rallies VS. Budget Cuts; Congress Ignores Them

From Seattle to Albuquerque, from San Diego to Chicago, the AFL-CIO and one of its major unions, the American Federation of Government Employees, hosted mass rallies on March 20 to protest the federal budget cuts, called the “sequester,” and to highlight their impact on workers and citizens nationwide.  But Congress didn’t listen. The object of the protests was to convince [...]

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Unionists Back Same-Sex Marriage, In and Out of High Court

WASHINGTON —Inside and outside the U.S. Supreme Court, unionists backed the right of same-sex couples to marry as the justices held hearings on two separate cases on the issue. United for Marriage, an umbrella organization of gay rights supporters and activists, staged rallies outside the Supreme Court, drawing hundreds of people to its plaza.  They included members of unions in [...]

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Service Employees, African-American Allies Rally For Immigration Reform…With A Message

WASHINGTON—Judith Howell has a message for Congress: Pass comprehensive immigration reform, with a quick path to citizenship for undocumented workers, to reunite families and give everyone a chance in America – and don’t forget or brush aside the concerns of immigrants and their descendants who happen to be black.

And if Howell, a member of Service Employees Local 32B-J and her colleagues have their way on Capitol Hill, that message will be heard loud and clear. It’s already been heard by the 42-member Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).

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Federal Lawmakers Back Up States’ Attack On Public Workers’ Pension

Right-wing federal lawmakers, led by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., are backing up state government attacks on state and local workers’ pensions through a measure that, if passed, would make the pensions virtually unaffordable.

The attacks, all in the GOP-run Tea Party-dominated House, would in the name of “transparency,” cut the assumptions governments and unions now make when figuring out whether a pension plan is solvent.

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Advocates Start Making Case For Minimum Wage Hike

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. —For seven years, Carolle Fleurio has been a cook at a family restaurant in Stockbridge, Ga.  It’s a nice place, she says, where people come in to enjoy the atmosphere and the meals she cooks. But one thing wrong with her job, Fleurio adds, is the pay.  She makes $8 an hour.  That’s only slightly more than the [...]

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S.390 – Child Care and Resources Education Act of 2013

Child Care and Resources Education Act of 2013 – Amends the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to reserve at least $1 million of annual child care and development block grant appropriations for operation of a national toll-free referral line and website to develop and disseminate child [...]

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S.390-Child Care and Resources Education Act of 2013

Child Care and Resources Education Act of 2013 – Amends the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to reserve at least $1 million of annual child care and development block grant appropriations for operation of a national toll-free referral line and website to develop and disseminate child [...]

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