LFA Updates

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...
Like the tiles in a mosaic, each interesting on its own but collectively presenting a separate image, the current state of public education in America generally does not appear as a complete picture when reading individual news stories or research studies. The challenges facing public schools are many, but together...
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, continues to celebrate its 150th anniversary . We were founded by a small group of seven superintendents that came together knowing that like-minded education leaders needed an advocacy voice at the national level. This was at a time when our nation was reeling from the...
By Joshua P. Starr, C hief Executive Officer, PDK International This year’s PDK/Gallup Poll on the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools marks a shift in both the poll and PDK International. As I assume leadership of the organization, I will build on PDK’s legacy while embracing opportunities to keep...
Updated July 30, 2015 Last week, the United States Senate passed a sweeping rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s federal K-12 law, providing a rare example of bipartisan governance in an increasingly polarized political climate. An overwhelming majority of the Senate voted for the bill...
By Marge Scherer, Editor in Chief, Educational Leadership “If you believe that all children can have equal opportunity, get out of your seat and start doing something about it.” These words, spoken by P.S. 55 principal Luis Torres at a recent ASCD symposium on poverty and learning, could be the...
In 1987 I attended my first ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference in Philadelphia. At that time the meeting was called NECC, short for the National Education Computing Conference. Saturday, I arrived in Philadelphia for my 28 th visit to this event that attracts K-12 educators and university...
By Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) As we fight our way back from the recession, it's clear that our economy isn't working for everyone. Too many are out of work or have to work multiple jobs to make ends meet. Too many don't have the skills they...
By Melanie Zinn, Owner, Director and Lead Teacher of a Licensed Home Child Care Program in Vermont* Editor’s note: This post is part of a series of blog posts on the early childhood education work force that the American Federation of Teachers is running in honor of Worthy Wage Day...
By Gail Connelly, Executive Director, National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) All too often, the life story of the struggling reader, especially the child from disadvantaged circumstances, is a heartbreaking one. Often not identified as at-risk until third-grade high stakes testing, stigmatized by classroom pull-out programs, given one-size-fits-all remediation,...