December 2023 Newsletter

December 2023

Stop Bias and Hate:
Resources for Educators


As schools across the nation grapple with issues of discrimination and intolerance, here are resources to help build a more inclusive and equitable educational system for all.


Send Pictures and News To AFSA

Tell us your story and send us your pictures for AFSA's newsletters and social media.


Here is the team from Argyle Middle School in Montgomery County, Maryland. Just a normal day on the job for Hannah Turner, assistant principal (left), James Allrich, principal (center) and Cortney Chao, assistant principal (right).


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The Principal Difference in Effective Schools

What difference does an effective principal make? In fact, a great deal, as Wallace Foundation President Will Miller explains in this talk at the Cahn Fellowship Annual Leadership Conference in New York City. Watch it here.


Register Now for the 2024 MLK Conference

Registration is now open for the 2024 AFL-CIO Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference. The theme for the conference is “Our Voice, Our Ballot, Our Future.” We will come together Jan. 12–14 in the historic city of Montgomery, Alabama, to ignite our movement, discuss how working people can leverage our collective voice to safeguard America’s democracy and prepare for the critical 2024 elections. For more information on registration and hotels, please visit and be sure to check the site regularly for updates on speakers, agenda and more.


Reinstate a Federal Assault Weapons Ban 


DOE Distributes Free COVID-19
Tests to Schools


Senators Introduce Bill to Address Teacher and Principal Shortages

U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), reintroduced the Preparing and Retaining Education Professionals (PREP) Act, bipartisan legislation to address teacher and principal shortages, particularly in rural communities, and increase teacher diversity. Read more.


Don’t miss year-end car sales events going on now! With the Union Plus Auto Buying Program, shop and compare new or used vehicles from top brands and view upfront prices, all online. Plus, get a $100 rebate on new union-made cars and up to $2,000 in post-sale benefits when you report your purchase. See site for details.