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A Victory for Teacher Freedom
posted by: Melissa | June 28, 2018, 11:40 am   

In a major victory for teacher freedom, today the Supreme Court ruled in Janus v. AFSCME that public sector employees cannot be forced to pay agency fees as a condition of employment.


In the ruling, Justice Alito wrote, “Under Illinois law, public employees are forced to subsidize a union, even if they choose not to join and strongly object to the positions the union takes in collective bargaining and related activities, We conclude that this arrangement violates the free speech rights of nonmembers by compelling them to subsidize private speech on matters of substantial public concern.”

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Summer Side Gigs: Tips for Teachers Looking for Extra Income
posted by: Melissa | June 26, 2018, 03:29 pm   

Guest post by Joyce Wilson.


Let’s face it, people don’t go into teaching because they want to get rich. It’s a noble profession, one whose rewards tend to be of a personal nature. Teachers derive great satisfaction from seeing their students succeed and go on to have good academic careers. Some say the best teachers are those that instill a love of learning for its own sake and instill self-discipline in their students, which serves them well throughout their lives.

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Weekly News Round-Up for June 22nd
posted by: Melissa | June 22, 2018, 01:30 pm   

Each week, AAE brings its members a round-up of what’s happening in education. From big, eye-catching headlines to the stories most papers overlook, we find the news our members really want to see. This week, a combined education and labor department, a report on teacher evaluations, new numbers on teachers with second jobs, and more!

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Weekly News Round-Up for June 15th
posted by: Melissa | June 15, 2018, 12:43 pm   

Each week, AAE brings its members a round-up of what’s happening in education. From big, eye-catching headlines to the stories most papers overlook, we find the news our members really want to see. This week, New York’s elite school controversy, the Tony awards, school hardening, and more!

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Planning for NCSC 2018
posted by: Melissa | June 12, 2018, 12:41 pm   

Post by Rena Youngblood, AAE's Director of Charter School Services


This week I have a few important decisions to make before boarding my flight to Austin, Texas, to attend the 2018 National Charter Schools Conference. Things like whether I should squeeze a sweater into the corner of my suitcase just in case the convention hall temperature is set to freezing which happens all too often. More importantly, however, I have to scan over 100 sessions being presented by experts across the country and decide on which ones to attend. All of this in between meeting friends I haven’t seen since last year’s conference, hearing keynote speakers that always motivate me to stay in gear for the next 12 months, and scheduling time with AAE members, charter association staff from partner states, and meeting new colleagues who share the same mission for equitable educational options for all students.

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