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Race to the Top Round 1 Finalists Named
posted by: Colin | March 04, 2010, 01:08 pm   

Today the Department of Education announced the states that will advance as finalists for phase 1 of the Race to the Top competition. Race to the Top is a $4.35 billion effort to reward reforms, such as friendly charter school laws and tying pay to student performance, with cash, and in these tough economic times 41 states applied for the federal dollars. Continue Reading...

 
Charter School Bill Dies in WV Senate, Unions Blamed
posted by: Colin | March 03, 2010, 11:08 am   

West Virginia State Sen. Erik Wells, a Democrat representing Kanawha, killed his own charter schools bill, criticizing the unions who opposed the legislation. "Who's standing up for students of this state?" Wells asked during his speech on the senate floor, "It's not AFT, it's not WVEA." Sen. Wells accused the unions of attacking his family because he sends his daughter to private school. Although Sen. Wells was elected in 2006 with union support, one teacher union has endorsed Wells' primary opponent. Continue Reading...

 
AFT Teachers Understand Free Market Principles
posted by: Colin | February 23, 2010, 11:50 am   

HT Mike Antonucci's Intercepts

AFT union members in New Mexico are expressing their disappointment in a recent Albuquerque Journal editorial by canceling their subscriptions. Imagine that, they have the freedom to take their business elsewhere. Continue Reading...

 
AAE Staff Attend CIEA Meeting in Georgia
posted by: Colin | February 22, 2010, 01:21 pm   

Some AAE staff traveled to sunny Atlanta, Georgia (a welcome change from snow-covered Alexandria, Virginia) to attend the 2010 Coalition of Independent Educator Associations at the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) headquarters.

Independent educator associations are dedicated to putting students first, to treating educators as the professionals, and to providing teachers a choice in professional associations.

AAE, PAGE, and other associations discussed membership recruitment, legislative and legal affairs, professional learning, and charitable efforts. Continue Reading...

 
Student Sent Home for Wearing Colts Jersey
posted by: Colin | February 08, 2010, 01:23 pm   

HT Joanne Jacobs

A New Orleans high school student and Louisiana Army National Guard recruit was sent home for wearing an Indianapolis Colts jersey to school on "Black-and-Gold Day." The ACLU of Louisiana has cried foul. According to The Advocate, the student was not sent home for his own safety (a plausible excuse) but simply because he disobeyed the special "black and gold" dispensation of the school uniform. Continue Reading...

 
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