Press Releases and Statements

AFSA Statement on Rep. George Miller’s (D-Calif.) Retirement

Rep. George Miller (D.-Ca.) is leaving some big shoes to fill as he announces his retirement from the House of Representatives this year. In his 40 years in Congress, Rep. Miller has proven his commitment to the working men and women of this country through his support of education and health care reform, minimum wage increases and worker safety. His unyielding commitment […]

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One Year After Sandy Hook

Today we remember the children, staff members and educators, including AFSA member Dawn Hochsprung, whose lives were needlessly ended in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting one year ago. As we began 2013, school safety was at the forefront of our national discussion, but as the year progressed it seems this crucial issue has fallen to the wayside. Schools are still […]

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School Leaders Need a Stronger Voice in Education Reform Says Principals’ Union

WASHINGTON—Greater input from school leaders is essential for quality education reform, said a leading principals’ union today in a letter to Senators addressing the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The American Federation of School Administrators, AFL-CIO, voiced its support for many of the initiatives included in the Senate’s answer to reauthorizing ESEA, the Strengthening America’s Schools […]

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AFSA President Diann Woodard Responds to the 2012 PISA Results

WASHINGTON—Today, in response to the 2012 results for the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), AFSA President Diann Woodard released the following statement: “It is no surprise that the standing of U.S. students has changed little over the last decade. What is more troubling, is that over the last few years we have witnessed a doubling down on unproven education […]

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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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