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Stranger Than Fiction: Inner-City Parents Take Over School
posted by: Alix | December 10, 2010, 10:16 am
This week, an elementary school in Compton, California is receiving national attention after a group of parents banded together to force improvements at the failing institution. Yelling "yes we can!" and "si se puede!" a busload of parents on Tuesday became the first in California to try to force reforms at their children's school using a new law designed to help parents take back schools.   Continue Reading...
This week, AAE announced the first round of scholarship recipients to receive complimentary registrations to the 18th Annual California Charter Schools Conference.   Continue Reading...
One Utah School Ahead of the Digital Learning Pack
posted by: Alix | December 02, 2010, 11:44 am
In recent years, reformers and policy makers have stressed the need for incorporating technology in education. New technologies have revolutionized how we live our lives from shopping to business; why not incorporate them into the classroom? In November, the Department of Education released a technology plan through their Office of Educational Technology entitled, Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology. In presenting the plan to the public, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has recognized one digital school in particular as a model for others to follow, Open High School in Utah.   Continue Reading...
NYC Choice Sets New Benchmark for Education Leaders
posted by: Alix | November 12, 2010, 09:44 am
This week New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Joel Klein was stepping down as school chancellor after eight years. Often hailed a hero in education reform circles, Klein's resignation comes just a month after fellow reformer Michelle Rhee resigned her post as chancellor in Washington, D.C. Klein's replacement is Cathleen P. Black, a publishing executive who once led USA Today. This announcement is on par with the recent trend in mayor led schools systems choosing business leaders and executives instead of traditional teaching veterans.   Continue Reading...
AAE Federal Update November 9, 2010
posted by: Alix | November 09, 2010, 12:00 am
Federal Education Policy Changes ComingLast week was a historic moment in U.S. political history as Republicans made monumental gains in the House of Representatives and narrowed Democratic control in the Senate. This power shift will lead to changes in federal education policy, particularly with regard to spending. Republican campaigned on restoring federal spending to 2008 fiscal years and returning more control to the states.   Continue Reading...
Charter Schools Serving as Models for Other Public Schools
posted by: Alix | November 08, 2010, 11:40 am
Charter schools were designed as a "research and development" outlet for public schools. Operating on state funds, public charter schools have been able to implement new ideas for their students and teachers without having to follow the same rigid structures of some public schools. The U.S. Department of Education is now conducting a feasibility study on ways to support the spread of promising charter school practices across the country.   Continue Reading...
Election 2010 Preliminary Reaction
posted by: Alix | November 03, 2010, 11:42 am
Last night was a historic night for America. Republicans seized control of the U.S. House of Representatives and made significant gains in the Senate, including President Obama's former Illinois Senate seat. These outcomes will certainly have an impact on education policy in the U.S. along with intriguing results in state and local elections.   Continue Reading...
Election Day & Federal Education Policy
posted by: Alix | November 02, 2010, 10:33 am
K-12 education policy is usually not a deciding issue in national elections. Today's vote will be no different. The American people are frustrated with the down economy and are continually debating the size and scope of the government. Whatever your political leanings, today's elections are sure to have an impact on some upcoming federal education decisions regarding policy and spending.   Continue Reading...
Are Longer School Days Coming?
posted by: Alix | November 01, 2010, 10:09 am

During Education Nation on NBC last month, President Obama recommended lengthening the school day and year as a potential solution to our children falling behind. The suggestion inspired praise from some reformers and critique from others, citing more expenses and stringent union contracts. Are longer days and shorter summers the wave of the future for students and teachers?

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Education Leaders Speak Out
posted by: Alix | October 11, 2010, 09:36 am
This weekend a poignant manifesto by some reform-minded education leaders surfaced as not only a means of taking responsibility for the problems in education but also a call to action for teachers, parents, students and communities to be part of the solution. The leaders recognize that the recent media attention around education has provided a truly unique opportunity to create a dialogue for reform. The authors of the manifesto as follows:   Continue Reading...
New Jersey to Serve as a Model for Reforms
posted by: Alix | September 30, 2010, 11:44 am
New Jersey has been the talk of the education reform world for the past few months. From the tough talking, union-fighting Governor Christie's town hall meetings to Race to the Top application controversy, and the recent news of a $100 million donation to the Newark city schools by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, New Jersey has frequently made education news headlines.   Continue Reading...
Random Tips for Teachers
posted by: Jill | September 29, 2010, 11:15 am
This week has already produced a hodgepodge of activities for me. It started out with a visit to NBC's Education Nation in New York and moved quickly on to planning a Differentiated Instruction workshop, business lunches, charter school talk, and even a run to the store for some beloved Diet Mountain Dew.   Continue Reading...
New York Magazine Features Waiting For ‘Superman’
posted by: Alix | September 10, 2010, 09:38 am

Not too often a forum for education reform, New York magazine ran a piece this week entitled, “Schools: The Disaster Movie”. The article features the upcoming release of the much anticipated film by An Inconvenient Truth director, Davis Guggenheim, and what most certainly will be a rallying cry for reformers and an outrage for the unions.  Continue Reading...

19 Finalists Vie for Federal Funds
posted by: Steph | July 28, 2010, 02:42 pm

Finalists in the second round of the Race to the Top (RTTT) program are preparing to present their cases to Education Secretary Arne Duncan and the RTTT peer reviewers who will adjust each state’s scores based on their presentations. Some speculate that the presentations during the first weeks of August won’t substantially alter the scores, because scores changed little after interviews in RTTT’s first round.  Continue Reading...

Race to the Top Round 2 Finalists Named
posted by: Colin | July 27, 2010, 03:33 pm

Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced today the eighteen states plus D.C. who have a chance to compete for the final round of the Race to the Top funding program. $3.4 billion is still up for grabs after Delaware and Tennessee received $600 million in round one.  Continue Reading...

NEA Challenges Charter Movement in New Business Items
posted by: Steph | July 12, 2010, 01:08 pm

At their annual convention held earlier this month, the National Education Association heard a series of new business items (NBIs) that display their distaste for the charter movement: NBI 91, which failed to pass after debate, sought to start a counter-campaign to a number of documentaries about education reform and charters that will be playing in theaters across the country this year  Continue Reading...

Evaluating KIPP School Reform Efforts
posted by: Steph | June 30, 2010, 08:50 am

This month the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) released results of an ongoing study of 22 of its 82 schools done by Mathmatica Policy Research, Inc. The study examines student characteristics and achievement in the 22 schools as was designed to estimate KIPP’s effect on students.  Continue Reading...

AAE Celebrates Charter Schools
posted by: Colin | May 04, 2010, 01:39 pm

As well as being National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-8, 2010, is National Charter Schools Week. Read President Obama's proclamation here.  Continue Reading...

Race to the Top Winners: Blog Round-up
posted by: Colin | March 29, 2010, 01:18 pm

Some of the feedback from education blogs about Delaware & Tennessee winning in phase 1 of the Race to the Top program:  Continue Reading...

Professor emeritus and founding director of the Center for the Advancement of Ethics and Character at Boston University, Dr. Kevin Ryan published an editorial calling on the country to muster the courage to challenge the "eight hundred pound gorilla" preventing real reform in schools—the teacher unions:  Continue Reading...

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