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“Looking back at my own childhood, I saw how important it was for me to mentor young girls in particular. I didn’t have any of that myself. I believe that God has destined me for this role, and that belief drives me every single day.”
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 No. 1 cause of death among American children.
The meeting was an outgrowth of a letter to President Biden from Pugliese after the release of National Assessment of Educational Progress data in October 2022.

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Some 75% of education professionals say they would approve a proposal for a union in their workplace, according to an AFL-CIO survey of nonunion professionals.
AFSA member Doreen Seaman, an Air Force veteran and school leader.
AFSA member Richard Ojeda, a Navy veteran and school leader.
AFSA Member Herb Gardner, an Army veteran and a lifelong educator.
Only 14% of adults say they see American-made products “a lot” while shopping.
Schools across the nation are filled with students and educators facing critical mental health issues and staff shortages, and principals are lacking the necessary resources needed to handle this growing crisis .