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Teacher’s Choice Online Premiere
posted by: Alix | January 30, 2012, 11:32 am
After another successful National School Choice Week celebration, AAE is pleased to present our new full-length video showcasing teacher choice in action!Teacher's Choice presents portraits of four American educators who've selected non-standard paths. Teachers at a charter school, an online school and a parochial school are all featured, as well as a teacher at a traditional district school who declined membership in the local union. Their journeys have only one thing in common -- the options less traveled.   Continue Reading...
Mr. Matthew Cotton, a teacher at the Alliance Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science School in Los Angeles, has been awarded a scholarship by the Association of American Educators Foundation to supplement the cost of tuition for a doctoral program in music education at the University of Southern California. AAEF Chairman and AAE Executive Director Gary Beckner delivered the certificate personally during a school staff meeting.   Continue Reading...
Welcome to National School Choice Week 2012!
posted by: Alix | January 23, 2012, 03:10 pm
This week is National School Choice Week – a national movement of grassroots organizations calling for more educational options. AAE supports National School Choice Week because we support educators in all settings and applauds their individual choices about where they practice their profession.   Continue Reading...
Gary Beckner op-ed on School Choice 2012
posted by: Alix | January 19, 2012, 09:21 am
AAE Executive Director Gary Beckner op-ed on school choice options as featured on the Washington Times website:   Continue Reading...
Sneak Peek: AAE Video for National School Choice Week
posted by: Alix | January 17, 2012, 01:24 pm
AAE is pleased to present our new video showcasing teacher choice in action!Teacher's Choice presents portraits of four American educators who've selected non-standard paths. Teachers at a charter school, an online school and a parochial school are all featured, as well as a teacher at a traditional district school who declined membership in the local union. Their journeys have only one thing in common -- the options less traveled.   Continue Reading...
AAE & National School Choice Week 2012: You're Invited!
posted by: Alix | January 05, 2012, 03:45 pm
AAE will once again join with other like-minded groups in signing on to National School Choice Week this January 22-28, 2012. Here at AAE, we recognize that School choice is a vital component of the education reform movement. Every education setting is a choice. AAE applauds that there are more career options than ever for teachers, allowing educators to match their vision of education with schools that share that same vision.   Continue Reading...
New Report: Status of Charter School Unionization
posted by: Alix | December 09, 2011, 10:21 am
A new report by the Center on Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington sheds light on the status of charter school unionization nationwide. In a climate where charter schools laws are changing dramatically and teacher union membership is declining, the prospect of charter schools unionizing has become a very real threat to the flexible, innovative environments these schools were meant to cultivate. This report attempts to analyze the status of unionization by examining why teachers unionize and the diverse collective bargaining agreements of unionized charters, however it misses the mark in addressing the disconnect between the charter movement and bargaining agreements in general.   Continue Reading...
Poll: Americans Warming to Education Reforms
posted by: Alix | November 10, 2011, 04:00 pm
As reported by AAE, a poll released in late summer by Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup highlighted some interesting facts about the changing public perceptions regarding teacher unions. While clearly the American people are seeing the growing disconnect between teachers and unions as evidenced by this poll, the typical American voter is also becoming more and more informed about public education reform and the need for change in our struggling system.   Continue Reading...
Today, AAE and the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools (UAPCS) announce a new partnership to support Utah's charter school teachers. Teachers and other employees of member schools of UAPCS are eligible to join AAE for a great low price – only $160 per year. This is a great opportunity for charter school teachers who are looking for membership in a pro-charter teacher organization.   Continue Reading...
Unions Take Education and Labor Battles to Courts
posted by: Alix | September 27, 2011, 05:04 pm

2011 is shaping up to be the year of education and labor reform nearly nationwide. In March, 48 states were considering labor reform bills on the heels of major Republican gains in state legislatures across the country. What started as legislative progress and meaningful education reform in states like Indiana, Florida, and Idaho, has yielded an unprecedented backlash from unions who are literally fighting for their very survival in long drawn out court battles that are leaving many commonsense policies in limbo.

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Education Nation Week Kicks Off with Teacher Town Hall
posted by: Alix | September 26, 2011, 04:25 pm
This week marks the second annual interactive summit, Education Nation hosted by NBC news. The weeklong conference is designed to host educators, parents, policymakers, elected officials, business leaders, students and engaged citizens in facilitating a national discussion about the challenges and potential solutions spanning today's education landscape. This year's lineup of education panels kicked off yesterday with a major teacher town hall event, and is set to include sessions on teaching and testing, the brain science behind early-learning and more.   Continue Reading...
Ms. Stephanie Proud, a teacher at Providence Hall Charter School in Herriman, Utah, was awarded an AAEF scholarship to outfit her classroom with new writing supplies. The funding will allow Ms. Proud to create a permanent writing center in the classroom, complete with a post office, a variety of writing utensils and materials, including individual whiteboards, student journals, and bookmaking supplies. AAE Director of Professional Development Jill Newell was on hand to deliver her certificate personally alongside her principal.   Continue Reading...
AAE Federal Update August 1, 2011
posted by: Alix | August 01, 2011, 09:57 pm

Education Secretary Duncan Testifies About Education Budget

Last week, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan testified in front of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education about the proposed federal education budget. In the wake of the heated debate related to spending cuts, Secretary Duncan made his case for President Obama's 2012 budget specific to the Department's future goals.   Continue Reading...
SOS Rally Yields Mixed Messages & Famous Faces
posted by: Alix | August 01, 2011, 10:45 am

This weekend union leaders and liberal advocacy groups from across the country rallied in Washington, D.C. for the "Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action." With a smaller crowd than predicted, at just 3,000 people, teachers and anti-reform advocates rallied to protest everything from No Child Left Behind, to standardized tests, and everything in between somehow labeled as education reform.

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Hybrid Charters Show Promise
posted by: Alix | June 30, 2011, 09:43 am
While charter and virtual school environments are seen as solutions to modernizing education, the concept of the "hybrid" charter school, or a blended environment, is gaining steam in communities across the country. The schools are combination of both an independent, innovative charter with the technology and online curriculum usually associated with a purely virtual school.   Continue Reading...
AAE State Policy Update June 20, 2011
posted by: Ruthie | June 20, 2011, 11:24 am

With the 2011 legislative session at an end in many states, the dust is now settling on some of the most sweeping education and labor reforms we've have seen in generations. While each state has experienced reform and change on different levels, it is impossible to ignore the ground-breaking impact these laws will have on the future of labor relations and education across the country.

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AAE Federal Update June 7, 2011
posted by: Alix | June 07, 2011, 02:18 pm

Congressional Subcommittee Explores the Role of Charters

The Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, chaired by Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA), last week held a hearing to examine the expanding role of charter schools in the nation's education system. The hearing comes on the heels of recently released statistics highlighting increased charter enrollment and decreased private school enrollment.   Continue Reading...
Charter School Unionization in Massachusetts
posted by: Alix | June 06, 2011, 12:36 pm
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has been in the news recently over the attempted unionization of a small charter school on Cape Cod. Lighthouse Charter School was once the pride of the area; unfortunately due to some growing pains and administrator turnover the school was at a crossroads that made it vulnerable to a "card-check" unionizing effort. Some teachers are questioning the legality of unionization without an election. Regardless of the outcome at Lighthouse, any attempt to unionize a successful charter school initiates a necessary conversation about what unionization could mean to the overall charter environment in Massachusetts and elsewhere.   Continue Reading...
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the data arm of the Department of Education, today released their annual report entitled, The Condition of Education, meant to summarize important developments and trends in education using the latest available state and federal statistics. The congressionally mandated report is considered a snapshot of education trends across the country and is used by policymakers to determine current patterns and understand educational populations.   Continue Reading...
Trouble for Charters in Georgia?
posted by: Alix | May 19, 2011, 10:11 am
As reported in the AAE State Policy Update this week, a Georgia law clearing the way for new charter schools in the state was struck down by the Georgia Supreme Court in a high-profile decision on Monday. The decision overturned the Georgia Charter Schools Commission, which allowed the state to approve and fund charter schools over the objection of local school boards. The court's ruling will undoubtedly affect thousands of students, reshaping the face of funding for public education in the state, and perhaps set a precedent that could affect other states' emerging charter movements.   Continue Reading...
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