Post Tagged with: "Congress"

Trumka: Workers to hold pols accountable if transportation bill fails

WASHINGTON –AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has a blunt warning for the nation’s politicians, regardless of party: Pass an infrastructure bill this year, to create jobs and help the economy, or suffer at the polls in the fall. Trumka delivered that message May 15 before a large crowd in front of the AFL-CIO building, massed for a rally as part of […]

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AFSA Attends CEF Budget Response Briefing

AFSA Attends CEF Budget Response Briefing

On Tuesday, May 13, 2014, AFSA attended The Committee for Education Funding (CEF) FY 2015 Budget Response Briefing held at the Capitol Visitor Center. The briefing was attended by Hill staff, CEF members, and other education stakeholders. AFSA is a member of CEF, a coalition of 114 national education associations and institutions from birth to postgraduate education. The CEF Budget […]

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NASSP, NAESP and AFSA Partner on Important Funding Issue

NASSP, NAESP and AFSA Partner on Important Funding Issue

Last month, the National Association for Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and AFSA formed a partnership to press Congress to allocate at least 10 percent of ESEA Title II professional development funding for principal development. According to recent US Department of Education findings, only an average of four percent of ESEA Title II […]

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Unionists Ignore Downpour, Fight Fast Track

WASHINGTON –Come hell or high water – in this case, the latest in D.C.’s year of downpours – hundreds of unionists gathered on Capitol Hill on May 7 to campaign against “fast-track” trade legislation and the anti-worker trade treaties the measure would lead to. And after hearing a parade of pro-worker lawmakers denounce the pacts and fast-track, the crowd, exhorted […]

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Union Leaders to Lawmakers: Pay Freezes, Furloughs Hit Federal Workers’ Morale

WASHINGTON –A 3-year pay freeze, unpaid furloughs, sequestration and congressionally ordered arbitrary increases in federal workers’ pension payments – with no increased payouts planned in the future – hit federal workers’ morale, top union leaders say. And that’s a problem not just for the workers and their unions, but for the country, since workers with low morale are more likely […]

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United in Leading the Way to Better Schools

As the school leaders responsible for ensuring the education of all our nation’s children, principals and administrators regularly find ourselves contending with ever-changing experiments imposed on us by local, state and federal policymakers, often without regard for the training necessary to implement these programs.

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House Committee Approves Comprehensive School Safety Program Funding

On May 8th, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved the Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations bill by a bipartisan voice vote.   In this bill, the Committee once again included $75 million for the Comprehensive School Safety Program. The Comprehensive School Safety Program came into existence last year as part of the FY 2014 Omnibus spending bill and is run by the National Institute […]

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Principals’ Organizations Advocate for Improved Professional Development Funding

Principals’ Organizations Advocate for Improved Professional Development Funding  Urge Congress to Revise ESEA Title II Funding Language  Washington – Calling on Congress to provide at least 10 percent of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) professional development funding be directed toward principals, three organizations representing 95,000 school leaders across the country have banded together in an unprecedented partnership to […]

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GOP-Run House Panel Approves Anti-NLRB Bills; Board Holds hearings on Election Procedures

WASHINGTON –By party-line votes, the highly polarized Republican-run House Education and the Workforce Committee approved two bills curbing the National Labor Relations Board, even as the board held two days of hearings on its plan to streamline union recognition election procedures. Committee Democrats called the GOP measures “union-busting bills” and unsuccessfully tried to attach to them legislation to raise the […]

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House GOP Jams Through Budget Blueprint Over Union, Dem Dissent

WASHINGTON –Brushing aside dissent and objections from unions, workers and the Democratic minority, the House’s ruling Republicans jammed through a GOP-written budget blueprint for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, by a 219-205 vote on April 10.  Democrats opposed it 193-0.  Solons then scattered for a 2-week recess. The blueprint sets priorities for legislators as they start writing actual money […]

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