American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA) is a national labor union that represents over 20,000 principals, superintendents, and administrative faculty. School administrators founded AFSA after the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) organized a strike in New York City in 1960, which resulted in wage increases that made New York City teachers the highest paid in the nation.  When school administrators did not see similar wage increases, the presidents of 11 supervisory groups in New York formed the Council of Supervisory Associations (CSA) in 1962 to lobby for higher wages. Over the next decade, CSA successfully lobbied for pay increases and written contracts for administrators. 
In 1971, the CSA joined the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), creating an additional national working group called the School Administrators and Supervisors Organizing Committee (SASOC).  After growing to 47 local chapters in five years, SASOC petitioned the AFL-CIO to become an independent international union, a request which the AFL-CIO granted in 1976.  That year, SASOC changed its name to the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA).
AFSA is a politically active union, encouraging its members to pursue public office in addition to operating a political action committee to support legislators who promote left-of-center policy.   AFSA’s legislative agenda extends beyond supporting labor legislation for school administrators, taking action on a range of left-of-center policy issues, including gun control, limits on charter schools, and expanded federal retirement programs.   
Most of AFSA’s work is concentrated around organizing government workers to negotiate for increased wages or expanded benefits. AFSA praised teacher strikes in West Virginia and Kentucky in a March 2019 blog post, calling on other unions to stage similar protests to increase public education funding.  In addition to organizing AFSA members directly, AFSA engages in substantial left-of-center advocacy work on both the state and federal level.
AFSA promotes left-of-center economic initiatives that extend beyond public schools. In 2019, AFSA administrators published “Better Schools Won’t Fix America,” an article arguing that large scale wealth redistribution programs would improve education. 
AFSA promoted a similar message in its 2020 Summer of Learning series for school administrators.  AFSA leaders encouraged administrators to abandon the idea of equality of opportunity in favor of “equity” in educational outcomes, calling on administrators to change the structure of classrooms to favor historically disadvantaged demographic groups.  The program also called on schools to redistribute funding to reach these outcome-based goals, which included educating parents, redirecting school resources to economically disadvantaged students, and investing in improving African-American and Latino graduation rates. 
Federal Policy Agenda
AFSA has taken on many federal advocacy initiatives to oppose right-of-center policy. AFSA has been most active in opposing changes to federal education policy. In February of 2018, the Trump administration released a plan to reduce federal funding for continuing education and recruiting school administrators.  AFSA joined with several school supervisory organizations to condemn the proposal. 
From 2017 to 2019, AFSA opposed President Donald Trump’s proposed reductions to the Department of Education budget, claiming that the actions would “wipe out completely” the Title II-A and Title IV-A programs.  Program Title II-A provided $2.1 billion for ongoing teacher education, while Title IV-A provided $1.4 billion to schools for drug and violence prevention programs.  AFSA went back on these claims later in the same article, acknowledging that these programs would be replaced by smaller stipend programs in both areas. 
In October of 2018, AFSA opposed President Trump’s curtailment of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act (DACA), an Obama administration policy that grants children who entered the country illegally temporary protection from deportation.  In March of 2019, AFSA joined a list of signatories to endorse a bill which would bar federal funding to purchase firearms or firearm training for teachers, a measure proposed by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to increase school safety. 
In September of 2020, the AFSA endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden (D) for president of the United States, calling Biden and Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris “the best advocates for public schools” while that under the Trump administration the country has “never had a president and education secretary so hostile toward public schools.” 
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, AFSA has engaged in federal advocacy regarding school response. In early March 2020, AFSA called for states to “shut down all U.S. schools” immediately. 
When President Donald Trump called on schools to open for in-person learning in the fall of 2020, AFSA joined with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) to condemn the move.  For schools that did choose to open, AFSA called for multiple restrictive measures, including limiting classes to 10 students, and claimed that the return to in-person education would require up to $244.6 billion in additional funding.  In September of 2020, AFSA President Ernest Logan called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to use its broadband subsidy program to support family internet bills for low-income students forced to participate in public-school “distance learning.” 
Ernest A. Logan is the current president of the AFSA, elected in July of 2018.  Logan worked in the New York City public school system before becoming president of the New York Council of School Supervisors and Administrators (CSA), a position he held from 2006 to 2017.  During his time as CSA president, Logan created a principal evaluation program for New York state and negotiated a new contract for CSA members, which resulted in retroactive pay raises totaling $120 million.  
Logan has additional ties to the political left, working as a member of the Education Equality Project, founded by left-wing activist Al Sharpton.  Logan is also an active political donor, giving 110 contributions to left-of-center organizations in 2019 and 2020 alone.  These include donations to ActBlue, the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and Biden for President.