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Cloaking Themselves In Constitution, GOP Senators Ask High Court To Toss NLRB Recess Appointees

WASHINGTON—Piously cloaking themselves in the U.S. Constitution and invoking what they claim is the intent of its framers, all 45 Republican U.S. senators asked the U.S. Supreme Court to toss out Democratic President Barack Obama’s “recess appointees” to the National Labor Relations Board – and, by inference, all the decisions in worker-boss disputes that those NLRB members voted on.

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Obama Administration Budget Update

Obama Administration Budget Update

President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget proposes an increase of $3.1 billion for the Department of Education. The president’s request includes a major new investment in early learning, with $75 billion in mandatory funds for Preschool for All, and increases to Early Head Start, Head Start and IDEA grants for infants and families.

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Education Policies Operating In The Dark

As a principal in an economically troubled city, I learned to expect the unexpected each day when arriving at school: hearing the children buzzing about a horrific incident that occurred over the weekend; checking the faculty list to see the high number of teachers absent and the lack of class coverage their absences created; seeing an irate parent entering the front office; learning the buses would be late; or discovering one of your students had run away from home.

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Woodard and Spina Meet with Representatives from the Department of Education

Ending 2012 on a productive note, AFSA President Diann Woodard and Government Affairs Director Nick Spina met with Eric Waldo and Tyra Mariani, both deputy chiefs of staff for Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The meeting was both a follow-up to the October 2012 AFSA General Executive Board meeting, where Eric Waldo met with AFSA’s leadership, and an opportunity to […]

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President Woodard Sends Letter Urging Representatives to Oppose the Ryan Budget

As President of the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), AFL-CIO, I urge you to vote against the Republican FY 2014 budget resolution (H. Con. Res. 25), introduced by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.

This budget proposal would cause irreparable harm to our state and local governments, and to our most vulnerable citizens including children, students and the elderly. This plan is more extreme than the proposal that Americans overwhelmingly rejected in 2012.

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Labor Details More Reasons for Big Immigration Campaign

If you want yet another reason the nation needs immigration reform, walk into your child’s elementary school classroom.

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Advocator of Public Education Shows Her Support for President Obama

Diane Ravitch, former Assistant Secretary of Education during the administration of George H.W. Bush and longtime leader of quality education, explains her views on the presidential election and why she will vote for President Obama.

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AFSA Members Attend Committee For Education Funding Gala

Tuesday night President Diann Woodard and AFSA members from the DC metro area attended the Committee for Education Funding’s annual Gala, honoring those in leadership positions that have displayed a strong commitment to public education. There to provide welcoming remarks was Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan who emphasized that we must come together as a country and “not view education as an expense, but as an important investment.”

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President Diann Woodard Endorses the 2012 United Way Campaign

On September 10, President Diann Woodard sent a letter out to locals and presidents endorsing the 2012 United Way campaign.

“The United Way has consistently joined the labor movement to tirelessly fight for working families, especially in the areas of education, income and health. As educators, we all witness the effects poverty has on children in our schools, on their families, and in our communities. The United Way campaign works to find solutions to these pressing challenges, and helps families meet their most basic needs.”

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The Time To Act Against Sequestration Is Now!

With sequestration, indiscriminate, across-the-board cuts of 8.4 percent will affect programs that support:
• Education;
• Job training;
• Public health, medical and scientific research;
• Public safety and law enforcement;
• Housing and social services;
• Infrastructure and more.

It’s time to let lawmakers know that balancing the budget requires a balanced approach—not cutting essential jobs and services alone.

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