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Universal Pre-Kindergarten Plan Raises Questions
posted by: Ruthie | February 19, 2013, 12:36 pm
After President Obama's State of the Union Address, many questions have been raised about the practicality of a federally funded pre-kindergarten plan. While some maintain that the initiative will give young children a leg-up and prepare them for success in school, others have questioned the cost and results of such a potentially large program.   Continue Reading...
Reform Matters: February 14, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | February 14, 2013, 12:49 pm
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.   Continue Reading...
Pro-Teacher Legislation in Kansas Gains Steam
posted by: Alix | February 12, 2013, 11:02 am
As reported on the AAE blog, despite record-breaking growth among non-union teacher organizations, local AAE recruiters and state chapters have experienced tremendous hurdles in establishing equal treatment among competing associations. Whether it is the inability to attend a new teacher orientation or access to school mailboxes, non-union associations are constantly passed over in favor of the interests of powerful teacher union interests. Despite this climate, there is renewed hope for teachers seeking options in Kansas, as House Bill 2221 was recently introduced to promote an equal playing field for all teacher associations.   Continue Reading...
Federal Update: February 11, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | February 11, 2013, 04:57 pm
U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee Holds Hearing on Challenges and Opportunities Facing America's Schools and WorkplacesLast week, the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee held a congressional hearing to explore the challenges and opportunities facing America's workforce and K-12 students. In testimony by several prominent education and business leaders, witnesses argued that our nation must prepare our students for the jobs of the 21st century.   Continue Reading...
AAE Staff Attends Education Congressional Hearing
posted by: Ruthie | February 05, 2013, 03:14 pm
Today, AAE staff had the pleasure of attending the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing in Washington, D.C. The full committee hearing explored the challenges and opportunities facing America's workforce and K-12 students.   Continue Reading...
AAE Releases 2013 Member Survey
posted by: Ruthie | February 04, 2013, 03:07 pm
Today the 2013 annual membership survey was released by the Association of American Educators. The survey was conducted this fall, polling AAE members from all 50 states on issues relating to education and labor reform.   Continue Reading...
Federal Update: January 29, 2012
posted by: Ruthie | January 29, 2013, 01:58 pm
Federal Lawmakers Recognize National School Choice WeekThis week, as we celebrate National School Choice Week, several federal elected officials have taken time to recognize the grassroots movement aimed at providing educational options for all stakeholders. U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Chairman Todd Rokita (R-IN) released the following statement in recognition of National School Choice Week:   Continue Reading...
In honor of the 2013 Presidential Inauguration, AAE staff attended the U.S. Department of Education Open House last week. The event was hosted by Department of Education staff and was conducted in an effort to engage the education community and showcase various goals for President Obama's second term.   Continue Reading...
Federal Update: January 14, 2012
posted by: Ruthie | January 14, 2013, 05:27 pm
Longer School Year: Helpful or Harmful?Recently, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Tennessee transitioned to a three-year pilot program that adds 300 hours to the school year. The program will affect nearly 20,000 students in 40 schools. The news comes on the heels of bipartisan recommendations from federal lawmakers and reform advocates who are calling for increased instruction time.   Continue Reading...
Longer School Year: Helpful or Harmful?
posted by: Ruthie | January 14, 2013, 05:22 pm
Recently, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Tennessee transitioned to a three-year pilot program that adds 300 hours to the school year. The program will affect nearly 20,000 students in 40 schools. The news comes on the heels of bipartisan recommendations from both lawmakers and reform advocates who are calling for increased instruction time.   Continue Reading...
Common Core: What’s Next for School Systems?
posted by: Ruthie | January 11, 2013, 02:35 pm
This week, AAE staff has the pleasure of attending the American Enterprise Institute's event entitled, "Common Core: What's Next for School Systems?" The panel included several influential education advocates including, Eric J. Becoats, superintendent of Durham Public Schools, David Coleman from the College Board, John Deasy, superintendent of Los Angeles Public Schools, and Joanne Weiss from the U.S. Department of Education. The panel addressed the various concerns and developments associated with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), currently adopted by 45 states.   Continue Reading...
Study: Classroom Design Matters
posted by: Ruthie | January 07, 2013, 02:04 pm
For years, researchers have understood that the classroom environment can have an effect on student learning. Whether that means having a comfortable chair, a great desk, or a place to get some exercise, teachers and students both need functional spaces to teach and learn. According to a recent study, school design can impact student learning by as much as 25% in early grades.   Continue Reading...
Reform Matters: January 3, 2013
posted by: Alix | January 03, 2013, 04:52 pm
Happy New Year! 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.   Continue Reading...
The ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal and Education Spending
posted by: Ruthie | January 03, 2013, 04:09 pm
Following an eventful holiday season, yesterday President Obama signed legislation designed to avoid the "fiscal cliff" and prevent automatic spending cuts across all government agencies. The measure was passed just in time to delay the cuts until March. Federal education programs will be spared from deep cuts, but only temporarily.   Continue Reading...
AAE is in for National School Choice Week 2013!
posted by: Alix | January 02, 2013, 11:31 am
Happy New Year! AAE is thrilled to once again join with other like-minded education organizations and schools in participating in National School Choice Week this January 27- February 2.   Continue Reading...
Common Core: The Non-Fiction Conundrum
posted by: Melissa | December 12, 2012, 03:49 pm
Awareness of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) seems to finally be penetrating the public at large. Unfortunately, the new standards are also being met with a large amount of misinformation. Recent controversial articles have asserted that the new language arts reading standards will be detrimental to traditional English classes nationwide.   Continue Reading...
Right-to-Work Bill Passed in Michigan
posted by: Ruthie | December 11, 2012, 04:08 pm
Today, lawmakers in Michigan approved Right-to-Work legislation by a 58-51 vote. The controversial saga over freedom of choice for workers is drawing not just national attention, but also thousands of union-led protesters to the Capitol grounds today. Governor Rick Snyder is expected to sign the measure this week.   Continue Reading...
Five States to Increase Class Time
posted by: Ruthie | December 07, 2012, 09:44 am
In an effort to boost student achievement and prepare students for jobs in a global economy, five states have announced they will add 300 hours or more of class time to the school calendar.   Continue Reading...
Federal Update: December 4, 2012
posted by: Ruthie | December 04, 2012, 09:34 am
U.S. Department of Education Releases New Report on National Graduation RatesLast week, the U.S. Department of Education released a new state-by-state graduation rate report. The data details four-year high school graduation rates in 2010-11 – the first year for which all states used a common, rigorous measure.   Continue Reading...
Reform Matters: November 29, 2012
posted by: Ruthie | November 29, 2012, 02:09 pm
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.   Continue Reading...
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