Issues

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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Statement on the 2011 NAEP Reading and Mathematics Assessment

On Nov. 1, 2011, the National Assessment of Educational Progress at Grades 4 and 8 (NAEP) released their 2011 Reading and Mathematics assessment results, known as “The Nation’s Report Card”. Diann Woodard, president of the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), AFL-CIO, released this statement in response to the results…

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Statement on the Senate Vote on Education and First Responder Jobs bill

Yesterday, our elected senators had a clear choice: vote with the best interests of children and communities in mind to create and protect hundreds of thousands of education, police officer and firefighter jobs; or vote with the best interests of millionaires in mind. Every single Republican senator chose the latter.

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Statement in Response to NCLB Waivers

The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) unfairly labels schools as failing and imposes escalating sanctions that are driven by high-stakes testing mandates. NCLB also sets an unrealistic timeline and goal for all students to be deemed proficient by 2014, and there is general agreement in Congress that the law is flawed. Yet progress on the reauthorization remains stalled. 



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