Resolutions: Coalitions

A resolution was introduced calling on AFSA members to take a leading role in building coalitions in their communities that unite the union’s allies in challenging the unwarranted criticisms, false criteria for evaluating performance, and the unrelenting assaults on public resources that pose an imminent threat to the survival of the nation’s public schools and high-quality public education for all.

 

The rationale offered for the resolution was that high-quality public education for all is an anchor of democracy, an economic necessity, a moral imperative and a fundamental civil right; and that school leaders play a key role in helping students build lives of great purpose and potential by instilling essential knowledge and the critical thinking necessary for becoming responsible citizens and active participants in civic life,

 

Yet powerful corporate interests have engaged in an unrelenting campaign to privatize America’s public schools in pursuit of profit to the inevitable detriment of equal education for all, and elected officials have diverted urgently needed public resources to private, for-profit organizations over the objections of school leaders, parents and civic organizations.

 

The resolution, called on AFSA locals to call upon allies in Central Labor Councils, State Federations of the AFL CIO, as well as parent and civic organizations, civil rights groups, and other progressive groups and working family organizations throughout the country union to join together in challenging the privateers who are undermining the standing and resources of public schools.

 

The resolution made clear that AFSA’S recent alliance with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has already borne evidence of the value of a united front in influencing policy and the nation’s political leaders.