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Several LFA member organizations have issued statements opposing the Trump administration’s decision this week to rescind guidance protecting transgender students from discrimination. Following is a summary of those statements: The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) said that transgendered students are often bullied and subject to violence, harassment and discrimination. “By...
Expanding instructional time to help boost student performance and improve low-performing schools has been at the forefront of many reform efforts over the past five years. Former education secretary Arne Duncan was a strong advocate for “more and better learning time,” and saw it as a way to help level...
With the transition to a new presidential administration, change abounds in the federal education policy world. As we await action from a new Secretary of Education, we’ve also seen President Trump issue an executive order pausing the accountability regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), followed by a move...
Like many of you, I’ve been dismayed at the recent barrage of executive orders, controversial nominees, and heated discourse on every news feed. At the same time, the amazing display of activism and civic engagement since the inauguration has been heartening. While none of us can go to every demonstration...
Social isolation is a growing epidemic in the United States and within our schools. It’s the overwhelming feeling of being left out, lonely, or treated like you are invisible. Young people who are isolated can become victims of bullying, violence and/or depression. In some cases, excessive feelings of isolation can...
The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) recently named Terri Tchorzynski, a school counselor at Calhoun Area Career Center in Battle Creek, Mich., its 2017 School Counselor of the Year. Ms. Tchorzynski works with students in 11 th and 12 th grades to match their interests and abilities to the pathways...
With the Senate debating the confirmation of a staunch school choice advocate to become the next U.S. Secretary of Education, veteran Washington insider and public schools advocate Arnold Fege discusses the differences in school choice mechanisms for parents and taxpayers. Do you think you know about tuition tax credits, vouchers,...
America for more than four decades has seen middle-class households shrinking from 61% in 1971 to 50% in 2015 as reported by the Pew Research Center . One of the main drivers for the decline in the middle class and the loss of 5 million good paying manufacturing jobs over...
The National School Boards Association (NSBA) working with and through state associations and more than 90,000 school board members is committed to providing the highest quality education for every child. At a time when public schools are educating more students at a higher level than ever before in history –...
This week the Senate HELP Committee leadership announced that it has postponed the panel's vote on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos to be the next U.S. Secretary of Education to January 31. However, the National Association of Secondary School Principals says there are still too many unanswered questions from last...