Press Releases and Statements

Give Thanks By Supporting Efforts to End Child Hunger, Says AFSA

(WASHINGTON, November 26) –Hunger is extremely detrimental to children, not only having a negative impact on their health, but a child’s education and emotional development. For the 16 million kids and their families affected by hunger each year, Thanksgiving should be used as a time to support efforts to end hunger says the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA). “Hungry [...]

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AFSA Endorses Bipartisan Proposal to Increase Early Childhood Education

WASHINGTON – The Strong Start For America’s Children Act, a new proposal to expand early-childhood education nationwide, will be announced today at the Senate Visitor Center with the endorsement of 46 organizations including The American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA). The proposal will be introduced by U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA) with the support [...]

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AFSA President Diann Woodard Statement on the Reopening of the Government

We are pleased the immediate crisis of the government shutdown and debt default has been averted. However, we remain concerned about the government’s temporary funding until January 15, 2014 and the debt ceiling’s extension until February 7th, creating the likely possibility of a repeat scenario. What is most alarming is sequestration remaining in place under the agreement, which continues to [...]

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Statement From President Diann Woodard On Student Loan Bill Becoming Law

President Obama signed the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013 into law today. While this is a step in the right direction for Congress, the newly passed interest rates are not locked in and can freely move with the market. We urge Congress to find a better solution to this temporary fix, one that includes a low, fixed rate [...]

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Statement by President Diann Woodard on AFT President Randi Weingarten’s Opening Speech for the TEACH Conference 2013

As we step forward into the 2013-2014 school year, President Weingarten is correct in calling for a united front among parents, educators and community members in reclaiming the promise of public education. The voices of educators and parents have been ignored for too long.

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AFSA President Diann Woodard’s Statement on Confirmation of Tom Perez as Next Secretary of the Department of Labor

AFSA commends the U.S. Senate for confirming Tom Perez as the next Secretary of the Department of Labor.

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President Diann Woodard’s Statement on SCOTUS Voting Rights Act Ruling

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court essentially struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by a 5-to-4 vote. In a nation that claims to be a beacon of freedom and equality, and a shining light of democracy for the world, this decision is shameful. The court’s ruling eliminates vital protections for voters in states and [...]

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President Diann Woodard’s Statement on DOMA

AFSA applauds the U.S. Supreme Court for ruling the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Prop. 8 ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The Labor Movement has a long history of fighting for equality under the law. And, although today’s rulings should be celebrated, we must realize there is far more work to be done to reach full equality for [...]

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AFSA makes donation to affected Oklahomans

The tornado that swept through Oklahoma on May 20 tragically affected many Oklahomans, including members of AFSA Local 79. Both AFSA and AFSA Local 1, the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators (CSA), continue to hold everyone in thoughts and prayers. AFSA and CSA have each sent a $1,500 donation to help with the recovery efforts. While this will not reverse [...]

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President Woodard’s Statement on Agreement Between AFSA Local 1 and the NYC Department of Education on APPR

AFSA Local 1 and the NYC Department of Education have reached an agreement on APPR. Here is President Diann Woodard’s statement.

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