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Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day!

This Labor Day I would like to recognize and personally thank you for the important work that you have done and that you continue to do. As an educator, you make our future brighter by making a difference in the lives of so many young children. That is why this Labor Day, I humbly ask you to join me in honoring your colleagues and fellow workers in all trades. You can do this by taking a moment to send a simple message of thanks with the AFL-CIO’s new easy-to-use tool that allows you to send video or e-card messages to the people whose work helps make your life better.

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Back To School Safety

Safety is an important issue for our students as we are unfortunately reminded of with the recent shooting at Perry Hall High School in Maryland. Here are some tips on promoting a safe environment for your school and your students.

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Tools and Tips For Back To School

Despite any challenges that we may be facing as administrators and union members, it’s that time of year again where we all head back to school to provide the best possible learning environments for our students. Here is a great resource for back-to-school tips with suggestions and information for getting the school year started off right.

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Statement by President Diann Woodard In Response To President Obama’s Proposed Master Teacher Corps

In response to this proposal, President of the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), AFL-CIO, released the following statement:

“While, AFSA appreciates the administration’s efforts to improve educational opportunities for students in math, science, technology, and engineering, this plan is only a start in the right direction.

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AFSA Endorses the National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing

Today, AFSA proudly endorsed the National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing, which currently has the support of almost 400 education organizations nationwide.

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AFSA Resolves to Endorse President Barack Obama for Re-Election

On Sunday, April 22, the AFSA General Executive Board voted unanimously to endorse President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012. Following the endorsement, AFSA President Diann Woodard released the following statement: “President Obama shares AFSA’s belief that investing in public education is the key to our nation’s future. While we may not always see eye-to-eye on every policy detail, we [...]

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Statement by President Diann Woodard In Response to “The Ripple Effect” Report on Principal Effectiveness

In response to the May 1 report “The Ripple Effect” released by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) on principal effectiveness, AFSA President Diann Woodard released the following statement…

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Response to President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Proposal

While we are still reviewing the document in its entirety, we must express concern with many of the education investments that appear based on competition. For example, the Race To The Top program rewards the winners with temporary funding increases and inherently creates losers. Sadly, the schools that do not win these competitions are often the very ones that need the greatest support.

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Statement in Response to Chairman Kline’s Legislation

Today, U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN) introduced two pieces of legislation that mark the latest efforts to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the Student Success Act and the Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act. Following the introduction of the legislation, AFSA President Diann Woodard released the following statement…

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Response to The State of The Union

The President’s focus on job creation and the need for a solid manufacturing base in our country is indeed just one of the remedies needed to fix our ailing economy. However, for us to continue to be competitive in today’s global economy, we must start looking at what happens right when students enter our schools, and support them throughout their education and onto a sustainable career path.

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