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In just the last three weeks of this new year, there have been 40 shootings. There were 647 mass shootings in 2022 alone. Firearms are now the number one cause of death among American children.
To deliver transformational change, Secretary Cardona urged everyone to act boldly and unapologetically to address student underperformance and decades of underinvestment.

The United States had 14.285 million union members in calendar 2022, 273,000 more than the year before, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in its annual survey. 

For Liz Shuler, the last year has been a whirlwind.

Since she unexpectedly succeeded the late Richard Trumka a year ago, and especially since the AFL-CIO Convention in Philadelphia, new federation President Shuler has raced around the country, addressing 10 union conventions and a new special Smart-TD Union leadership conference in San Francisco just in the last 2-1/2 weeks alone. 

She’s held picket-line discussions with workers forced to strike. In Minnesota, youthful organizers loaded her with suggestions on new organizing methods, targets and priorities.

Grants will expand capacity of local educators to implement community- and school-based strategies to help prevent community violence and mitigate the impacts of exposure to community violence.

Ensuring equitable and affordable health care for all Americans is one step closer and you can help make it happen. It’s time to take action to get the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 passed in the House of Representatives, which has scheduled a vote for Friday, Aug. 12, just two days from now. 

Call your representative at (202) 224-3121 and tell them to vote yes for H.R. 5376. 

Our nation's young people are facing an unprecedented mental health crisis. AFSA convention delegates in July passed a resolution stating that the American Federation of School Administrators reaffirms its support for the integration of social-emotional learning (SEL) concepts into and use of SEL programs in conjunction with pre-K–12 education. AFSA had long advocated for Congress and the administration to invest in these programs.

I have only been on the job as president of this great organization a few days and several issues are breaking already, including the U.S. Senate releasing its 2023 budget draft for education. We will provide more information on this draft once our team has done a detailed analysis.

Longtime Newark educator and AFSA Executive Vice President Leonard Pugliese, Ed.D., was elected president of the union July 23 by the 300-plus delegates attending the 16th Triennial Constitutional Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico.