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This week, AAE had the pleasure of attending a Thomas B. Fordham Institute event entitled, "After Chicago – the Future of Teacher Unions." The event consisted of a debate over how the education reform community should address the role of teacher unions in order to prevent another high-profile teacher strike.   Continue Reading...
An interesting article ran early last month in USA Today called "More Teachers Green in the Classroom." The story highlights a recent study by Richard Ingersoll at the University of Pennsylvania that shows attrition rates for first-year teachers have risen from about 10% to 13%, leaving a constant demand for new teachers who are usually, unsurprisingly, inexperienced. In fact, in the 2007-08 school year, there is a more than threefold increase in the number of inexperienced teachers. In contrast, 20 years prior, the biggest group of teachers had 15 years of experience. In  the most recent data, the 2007-08 school year, the experience term for the largest group of teachers is one year.   Continue Reading...
Education Taking a Higher Profile in National Discussion
posted by: Alix | October 05, 2012, 09:18 am
As the presidential election heats up, both President Obama and Governor Romney have taken strong positions on education reform and the role of the federal government. These opinions were clearly outlined in last night's presidential election, as both candidates conveyed their plans to reform America's struggling education system.   Continue Reading...
“Won’t Back Down” Hits Theaters This Friday
posted by: Alix | September 25, 2012, 10:57 am
This weekend, a feature film highlighting struggling schools and parent and teacher empowerment will be released to theaters everywhere. "Won't Back Down," opening this Friday, September 28, gives moviegoers the opportunity to watch a film that pairs Hollywood entertainment with a message about American education reform.   Continue Reading...
NBC Holds 3rd Annual Education Nation
posted by: Alix | September 24, 2012, 09:41 am
Education in America takes center stage as NBC News kicks off the third annual Education Nation summit this week. The event is a chance for some of the leading minds in the country to work together toward meaningful education reform.   Continue Reading...
New Study: Segregation Prominent in American Schools
posted by: Alix | September 20, 2012, 11:35 am
The United States is an increasingly multiracial society, with white students accounting for just over half of all students in public schools. According to data from the US Department of Education, while our demographics are shifting nationwide, white students are still largely concentrated in schools with little diversity. According to a new report by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, minority students — particularly African American and Latino students — are isolated from their white counterparts in record numbers.   Continue Reading...
Reform Matters: September 12, 2012
posted by: Alix | September 12, 2012, 12:00 am

Welcome to the Association of American Educators' online biweekly publication, Reform Matters. This education reform-focused publication features both original AAE content and a compilation of the latest news from the growing education reform community.

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According to the 2012 annual Phi Delta Kappa/ Gallup poll of the public's attitudes toward public schools, Americans have a number of conflicting viewpoints in their preferences for investing in schools, choice, and education reform policies.   Continue Reading...
Single-sex Education in Public Schools
posted by: Alix | June 04, 2012, 11:03 am
Single-sex education (teaching males and females in separate classrooms or schools) is an old approach to instruction that has been gaining new momentum in the education reform era. Although the practice has long existed in many private schools, it's a relatively new option for traditional public schools and charter schools. Now that over 500 public schools offer some form of single-sex education, experts are renewing the debate over the value of separating boys and girls in the classroom.   Continue Reading...
Bookmark the New AAE Charter Blog
posted by: Alix | May 29, 2012, 09:05 am
As you know, AAE recently launched a new website for the charter school community: www.aaecharters.org. The new website is geared toward charter school teachers, administrators, education reform leaders, associations, and interested parties searching for timely updates and research on issues affecting the public charter school community.   Continue Reading...
In light of the rise of public charter schools and the growing popularity of parent-trigger laws and tuition tax credits across the country, the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education held a congressional hearing yesterday to examine state and local efforts to increase parental engagement and school choice options.   Continue Reading...
Charter School Bill Stalls in Alabama
posted by: Alix | May 14, 2012, 11:27 am
Last week, the Alabama House Ways and Means Education committee declined to vote on a less-than-ideal public charter school bill that would have allowed low-performing public schools in Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery, and Mobile to be converted to public charter schools. The decision is considered a blow to the Alabama education reform movement and will leave charter proponents at least a year away from another chance at comprehensive public charter school legislation in the state.   Continue Reading...
As we highlighted Monday on the AAE blog: May 7-11, 2012, is National Charter Schools Week. This is a time to celebrate the important role charter schools have in improving our education system. This year is particularly noteworthy as public charter schools in the U.S. are celebrating twenty years of success.   Continue Reading...
AAE Celebrates Educators & Charter Schools This Week
posted by: Alix | May 07, 2012, 11:01 am
This week, May 7-11, 2012, is both National Teacher Appreciation Week and National Charter Schools Week. AAE is pleased to recognize hard-working educators and celebrate the growing national public charter school movement this week and every week.   Continue Reading...
AAE is pleased to announce the launch of our charter-focused website: www.AAECharters.org just in time for National Charter Schools Week. The new site is geared toward charter school administrators, leaders, teachers, and associations searching for timely updates and research on issues affecting the public charter school community.   Continue Reading...
Louisiana Enacts Sweeping Education Reforms
posted by: Alix | April 17, 2012, 04:13 pm
Governor Bobby Jindal has taken center stage in the education world this spring via a new education overhaul plan aimed at expanding choice, removing barriers to entry for charter schools, and reforming tenure in the state of Louisiana. In a plan being hailed as the "new standard" for education reform, Governor Jindal is expected sign both reform bills into law later this week.   Continue Reading...
First Virtual Charter School Coming to New Jersey
posted by: Alix | April 12, 2012, 11:56 am
For the first time in the state's history, New Jersey is set to welcome their first online public charter school this fall. The New Jersey Virtual Academy Charter School (NJVACS), operating in partnership with the online education company, K12 Inc., has already begun to spread the word about their offerings statewide and currently boasts 300 enrolled students for the fall term. The opening of the school marks New Jersey's first big step into full-time online instruction, part of a new trend that has become commonplace in states across the country.   Continue Reading...
A Charter Victory in Georgia
posted by: Alix | March 22, 2012, 09:35 am
While charter schools have been touted as a major component of the education reform movement, the battle to allow charters to exist still rages on in states across the country. In a victory for the charter school movement in Georgia, a constitutional amendment allowing the state to authorize new charter schools passed the state Senate this week in a bipartisan agreement that is expected to set a national precedent for the overall charter community.   Continue Reading...
Parental Engagement in Schools
posted by: Alix | March 13, 2012, 04:05 pm
Parental engagement has been a hot topic for years and can vary widely depending on area of the country or school setting. From a perceived lack of parent involvement in inner-city school systems, to the "helicopter" parents of high-performing students, teachers have for years cited level of parental involvement as a contributing factor to student learning.   Continue Reading...
Teacher Choice Spotlight: Charter School Educator
posted by: Alix | February 21, 2012, 12:27 pm
Last month, AAE participated in National School Choice Week– a national movement of grassroots organizations calling for more educational options. Here at AAE, we continue to support the cause because we support educators in all settings and encourage teachers to pursue the school and setting best suited to their needs and interest.   Continue Reading...
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