News and Advocacy

As the custodial management contract with Aramark inside Chicago Public Schools (CPS) comes to an end, there’s a palpable mix of anticipation and reservation.The decision to bring management back unde
Juneteenth is more than a day of celebration; it is a moment of profound historical significance that underscores the enduring struggle for equality and justice in America that continues to this day.

Sweetwater Union High School District (Caifornia) principals and assistant principals are the latest group of school administrators to join AFSA, as part of the Administrators Association Sweetwate

Benefit Day Graphic

The graphic below was designed for school leaders. Its purpose is to clarify the benefit day policy during the CPS COVID-19 school closure. Click or click on the graphic to enlarge it.

The Problem

Use of telephones to coerce, in violation of policies and guidelines

Despite written guidance from CPS affirming that the district is only asking--not requiring--school administrators to report to work during the COVID-19 district shutdown, CPAA has received several reports of chiefs violating those guidelines today in their verbal communications with principals and assistant principals. Unfortunately, this behavior is not new.

The Win

Administrators asked--not required--to report

After CPAA pointed out that--contrary to CPS claims--the Governor is not requiring CPS to compel administrators to report to work, CPS sent out a new communication to principals on Sunday with the following headers:

   From: Communication, Internal
   Date: Sun, Mar 15, 2020, at 2:45 PM
   Subject: Information to Help You Prepare for ... COVID-19

The American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), AFL-CIO, calls on all schools across the nation to close immediately.

Practically speaking, CPAA is our union because it is how we fight collectively for ideal working conditions for school leaders and ideal learning conditions for our students. Legally speaking, however, school leaders do not have the statutory rights that unions have. It's time to change that.

How School Leaders Lost the Right to Form a Union (Supervisor vs. Policymaker)

Donald Trump promised that, if he was elected, “American worker[s] will finally have a president who will protect them and fight for them.” Has he kept this promise?