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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...
AAE Federal Update September 18, 2012
posted by: Alix | September 18, 2012, 12:29 PM

Federal Leaders Comment on Chicago Teacher Strike

 

As the Chicago teacher strike enters into its second week, federal leaders continue to comment on the national implications this situation will have on education and labor policy for years to come.   Continue Reading...
The Value of Substitute Teachers vs. Community Volunteers
posted by: Alix | September 18, 2012, 11:39 AM
Paying for substitute teachers is traditionally a difficult task for many cash-strapped districts across the country. Earlier this month, the Nampa School Board in Nampa, Idaho approved a controversial new policy that allows community volunteers to serve as unpaid substitutes. The school district's decision has sparked a national dialogue on the merits of substitute teachers nationwide.   Continue Reading...
Center for Education Reform Releases Parent Power Index Tool
posted by: Alix | September 17, 2012, 11:07 AM

With the release of the highly-anticipated movie Won't Back Down just around the corner, many parents viewing the movie will undoubtedly leave the theater inspired to take up the same fight as the dedicated mothers in the film. Fortunately there is a new tool for parents and other education stakeholders to inform them about their own child's education from the Center for Education Reform (CER). Released this week, the new Parent Power Index ranks the states based on how much power parents have over their children's education.

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Earlier this month, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute released a groundbreaking study by the District Management Council's Nathan Levenson on how to improve both the quality and efficiency of special education. According to the results, the amount of money spent by school districts on special education varies greatly around the country. In contrast to the status-quo opinion, some districts that spend less than others are getting better academic outcomes for students.

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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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Using QR Codes to Enhance a Classroom Library
posted by: Alix | September 11, 2012, 08:28 AM
A QR code (short for "Quick Response Code") is a form of barcode that, when scanned, can take you to virtually any online destination of the creator's choosing. QR codes have exploded in popularity in the past couple of years as more and more individuals have begun to carry with them the mobile technology needed to scan such codes. The primary business-based use of QR codes is related to advertising: companies love placing these codes on their products as a tool designed to get prospects and current customers to their websites or to other information about their products.   Continue Reading...
Gary Beckner op-ed on 2012-2013 School Year
posted by: Alix | September 06, 2012, 08:58 AM
AAE Executive Director Gary Beckner op-ed on the new school year as featured on Townhall Magazine's website:   Continue Reading...
AAE Federal Update September 4, 2012
posted by: Alix | September 04, 2012, 05:41 PM
Secretary Duncan Speaks to Teachers about New School Year As students and teachers begin a new school year, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently told a group of more than 800 teachers that "teaching is hard work." In setting the tone for the 2012-2013 academic year, Secretary Duncan challenged educators and commented that teaching has become more difficult as education reforms take hold in classrooms across the country.   Continue Reading...
Secretary Duncan Speaks to Teachers about New School Year
posted by: Alix | September 04, 2012, 11:38 AM
As students and teachers begin a new school year, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently told a group of more than 800 teachers that "teaching is hard work." In setting the tone for the 2012-2013 academic year, Secretary Duncan challenged educators and commented that teaching has become more difficult as education reforms take hold in classrooms across the country.   Continue Reading...
Reform Matters: August 31, 2012
posted by: Alix | August 31, 2012, 12:00 AM

Welcome to the 3rd issue of the Association of American Educators' online biweekly publication, Reform Matters. This new education reform-focused publication will feature both original AAE content and a compilation of the latest news from the growing education reform community.

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With the Republican National Convention (RNC) in full swing this week, high-profile Republican leaders have turned their attention to the growing education crisis in the United States. Never before have we seen this kind of attention given to education on a national stage. This renewed focus has signaled that education reform will be an emerging campaign issue in the months ahead. In fiery speeches, GOP leaders spoke about K-12 education by battering President Obama and teachers unions—as they called for a new direction in American education reform.   Continue Reading...
With the teaching profession growing and evolving, one theme that remains constant is the fact that effective teachers are the key to student success. Studies have shown that education schools are deeply in need of reform. From attracting top high school graduates, to improving the quality of instruction, institutions that prepare future teachers must be able to produce results. In order to bring our colleges of education into a new era of success, AAE has joined with Democrats for Education Reform and other stakeholders to pen a letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan urging the administration to hold teacher preparation programs accountable.   Continue Reading...
Shadowbosses, released this week, tells a story of intrigue, drama, and corruption and reads like an organized crime novel. Amazingly, it is actually a true story of how public sector labor unions (including teacher unions) are spending member dues and controlling the political process.   Continue Reading...
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...
AAE Federal Update August 21, 2012
posted by: Alix | August 21, 2012, 02:29 PM
President Obama Calls for Aid to Stall Teacher Layoffs According to a White House Report by President Obama's Council of Economic Advisors, tight school budgets have meant fewer teachers, larger classes and shorter school years. President Obama is now using the report to persuade Congress to pass administration proposals to help states reduce teacher layoffs.   Continue Reading...
Neighborhood Internet Schools: The Wave of the Future?
posted by: Alix | August 15, 2012, 05:07 PM
Dr. David Gelernter, a professor of computer science at Yale University, recently penned an opinion editorial about expanding online education options for students across the country. He contends that big problems in education call for big solutions. By leveraging the power of the internet, all students could potentially attend emerging "Neighborhood Internet Schools." These one-classroom schools would serve students of all grades and account for all subjects through online content and parental support.   Continue Reading...

Expanding upon President Obama's signature education initiative, the U.S. Department of Education announced Sunday that it has finalized the application process for the 2012 Race to the Top-District competition. The school district-specific competitive grant program will provide nearly $400 million to grantees to implement local reforms congruent with Obama administration education goals.

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New Report: The State of Teacher Retention in Urban Schools
posted by: Alix | August 10, 2012, 01:58 PM
Experts agree that teacher retention is one of the biggest challenges facing urban school districts. Everyone knows that an aging teacher workforce will lead to projected shortages in the years to come, but, worse still, some studies estimate that as many as 50% of newer teachers are leaving the classroom after just five years. In light of the crisis, a new study by The New Teacher Project (TNTP) aims to identify the reasons teachers leave and promotes long-term strategies for empowering a successful teacher workforce.   Continue Reading...
According to a new survey conducted by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, many Americans support dramatic changes to how school districts fund staff and programs as the primary solution to budget deficits.   Continue Reading...
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