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New Report: U.S. Lags Behind International Competitors
posted by: Alix | July 27, 2012, 09:07 AM
Despite year after year of increased spending in the United States, students from nearly twenty countries are outperforming their American counterparts at record levels. According to a new report by the Harvard University's Program on Education Policy and Governance, U.S. students are falling further behind and are not catching up to their peers in other industrialized countries.   Continue Reading...
If You Want Our Economy Fixed, Fix Education
posted by: Larisa | July 26, 2012, 04:14 PM
Education reformer Kevin P. Chavous penned an op-ed connecting improvements in education to a rebounding economy.  What do you think?   Continue Reading...
Raising the Bar
posted by: Larisa | July 25, 2012, 12:54 PM
It has recently been suggested that, in order to elevate the quality and status of teachers in America, teachers need to take a “bar exam.” After all, doctors and lawyers have serious hurdles to jump over in order to secure and maintain their licenses. The work that you do as a teacher is just as important as the work that a doctor or a lawyer does—in fact you educate future doctors and lawyers. Why shouldn’t teachers be held to the same standard as lawyers and doctors?   Continue Reading...
Chicago Union Objects to Higher Teacher Pay
posted by: Alix | July 17, 2012, 04:15 PM
Chicago has been an education reform hotspot ever since Mayor Rahm Emanuel took the reins in January 2011. Everything from length of school day to teacher pay have been hot topics over the last few years; however, this week the issues hit a boiling point as teacher union leaders are expected to reject an arbitrator's recommendation of a 15-20% salary hike in favor of a proposed strike just as the new school year is slated to begin.   Continue Reading...
Teachers’ Rights under the Law
posted by: Alix | July 13, 2012, 08:22 AM
In the new age of education and labor reform across the country, many teachers have expressed concern over their rights without lengthy union contracts and collective bargaining agreements in place. While teacher unions warn of the "dangers" without these cumbersome union negotiated tools, they fail to mention that the majority of the states in the country have a thriving teacher workforce protected by state and federal laws free from collectively bargained contracts.   Continue Reading...
Gary Beckner op-ed on 2012 NEA Convention
posted by: Alix | July 12, 2012, 11:34 AM
AAE Executive Director Gary Beckner op-ed on 2010 NEA Convention as featured on the Townhall website:   Continue Reading...
Las Vegas Teacher Fed-Up with Union
posted by: Alix | July 10, 2012, 01:03 PM
According to one Las Vegas teacher, "The fat lady has sung" and he is washing his hands of union membership. Frustrated by years of hostile negotiations, massive lay-offs, exorbitant dues, and partisan politics, Nathan Warner is advising his fellow educators to drop union membership this week during a small resignation period– July 1-15 – which just might be the best kept secret in town.   Continue Reading...
While most Americans were enjoying a festive Independence Day last week, the National Education Association was holding their annual conference in Washington, D.C. Beaten down after another solid year of negative press, declining membership, and legislative and legal battles, the NEA convention took on a somber and partisan tone in 2012.   Continue Reading...
Compulsory unionism and the ability of teacher unions to forcibly collect union dues from teacher paychecks has been a hot topic in recent years. From Wisconsin to Ohio, education stakeholders have debated the topic in high-profile legislative and legal battles with clear national implications. Just last Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court made it more difficult for public-employee unions to extract special fee assessments from non-members for expenses such as ballot battles in a clear step forward for teacher freedoms.   Continue Reading...
Confidence in Public Schools Hits New Low
posted by: Alix | June 21, 2012, 12:17 PM
Everyone seems to be aware that the crisis in public education is getting worse. Despite a record level of spending in America, students from 16 countries are outperforming their American counterparts. To top it all off, 50% of teachers in the classroom today will be retiring in the next ten years. This is not the recipe for a well-educated public—and stakeholders are taking notice.   Continue Reading...
As recently reported on the AAE blog, teacher union public approval and membership are hitting record lows. Following a decline of 150,000 members in the past two years and a projection of an additional 200,000 member loss by 2014, the National Education Association and its state affiliates are in extreme financial distress. According to a report by union-watchdog Mike Antonucci and the Education Intelligence Agency (EIA), as the NEA national budgets are being slashed, aid to state affiliates has risen to keep certain state affiliate operations afloat.   Continue Reading...
Student Attendance and the Link to Performance
posted by: Alix | June 15, 2012, 10:41 AM
Obviously chronic absence from school can greatly affect a student's performance levels; however, student truancy may have broader implications beyond the individual student. According to recent studies on American student absenteeism, teachers and the overall performance of schools can also be adversely affected.   Continue Reading...
Textbooks and the Debate Over Access to Digital Content
posted by: Alix | June 12, 2012, 03:24 PM
With the rise of technology, the internet, and social media, the constant stream of information has created a new global culture of information sharing. An educator in Wisconsin, for example, can easily access art resources from a museum website in Paris, or print a worksheet and textbook passage from a professional development blog hosted in California. The possibilities are endless and teachers are taking advantage of this accessibility. However, as authors and publishers come to terms with this new reality and its impact on profits, education stakeholders are sounding off on how to best share information and protect intellectual property.   Continue Reading...
The Future of Vocational Education
posted by: Alix | June 11, 2012, 05:10 PM
The goal of a high school education is to prepare a student for future success as an adult. Whether that means going on to college or immediately joining the workforce, students must be prepared to tackle an ever-changing economy. With success meaning something different for every student, experts assert that, in order to provide realistic options for all students, schools must focus on offering innovative vocational education programs combined with a strong focus on academics.   Continue Reading...
The Declining Popularity of Teacher Labor Unions
posted by: Alix | June 07, 2012, 10:58 AM
This week's recall election has thrust union special interests and teacher freedoms back into the national dialogue like never before. After a bitter campaign and an estimated $60 million spent on election efforts, the commanding win for Governor Walker illustrates an overwhelming shift in public opinion against teachers unions. As the dust settles on this historic election, it's no coincidence that according to a new public opinion poll, teacher unions nationally are reaching all-time low approval levels.   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...
Education reform news service, Choice Media, today posted a cartoon lampooning the teacher union special interests and their aversion to all things school choice. "Running out of Ideas" parodies a union board meeting where the characters are desperately clinging to their monopoly interests using the same old arguments against school reform and innovation.   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...
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