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AAE Federal Update February 28, 2012
posted by: Alix | February 28, 2012, 10:00 AM

Department of Education Unveils RESPECT Initiative Included in the Obama administration's 2013 proposed budget is a new $5 billion competitive program to challenge states and school districts to work with various stakeholders in an effort to comprehensively reform the field of teaching. Entitled RESPECT, the proposal seeks to touch on every aspect of teaching from training and tenure to compensation and career opportunities.

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Chicago Education Reform Taking Center Stage
posted by: Alix | February 27, 2012, 03:01 PM
Chicago has been an education reform epicenter ever since newly elected Mayor Rahm Emanuel took the reins in January 2011. Everything from length of school day to teacher pay have been hot topics of late; however, last week the issue hit critical mass as teacher union leaders called on educators throughout the city to ditch their classes in favor of blocking Mayer Emanuel's reforms.   Continue Reading...
AAE Federal Update February 14, 2012
posted by: Alix | February 14, 2012, 05:59 PM

President Obama Releases 2013 Budget

Yesterday at a community college in northern Virginia, President Obama unveiled his new budget for fiscal year 2013. The $3.8 trillion budget earmarks $69.8 billion in mere discretionary spending for the U.S. Department of Education in the next fiscal year, an increase of $1.7 billion, or 2.5 percent, over the current budget year.

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AFT Triples Liberal Advocacy Spending in 2011
posted by: Alix | February 14, 2012, 11:42 AM
A recent report by the union watchdog group, the Education Intelligence Agency, sheds new light on the financial disclosures of the American Federation of Teachers in the 2010-2011 fiscal year. The analysis reveals that the AFT spent an astonishing $7.8 million of member dues on a wide array of left-leaning advocacy groups, charities, and big labor organizations–more than triple the amount spent last year.   Continue Reading...
Ten States Granted No Child Left Behind Waivers
posted by: Alix | February 13, 2012, 06:16 PM
2012 marked the 10 year anniversary of the heavily debated and sometimes controversial No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law, the nation's flagship federal K-12 legislation. What began as a bi-partisan effort to track schools and measure accountability, has grown into a headache for many states who are struggling to comply with various regulations.   Continue Reading...
NEA State Affiliates “Financially Distressed”
posted by: Alix | February 07, 2012, 11:41 AM
In the wake of last year's labor battles in Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ohio, 2012 is shaping up to mark a new era in curtailed teacher union power. While it might seem difficult to believe that the National Education Association and its state affiliates, at their peak a $1.5 billion annual powerhouse, could be suffering from money troubles, new evidence suggests deep trouble for the NEA and state affiliates.   Continue Reading...
For years, the path to the classroom was exclusively paved through a program of study in a university-based teacher preparation program and ultimately a teaching license. However, in recent years, various "alternative certification" programs have been developed in order to allow degreed professionals practical avenues to become teachers. With participation in these programs skyrocketing in the last five years, many have speculated that these teachers will leave a lasting impact not only on students, but on the teaching preparation process nationwide.   Continue Reading...
National Digital Learning Day
posted by: Alix | February 01, 2012, 01:23 PM
Today, February 1, 2012, students, parents, teachers, state leaders and education advocates from across the country are celebrating the first ever Digital Learning Day! This day recognizes the power of digital learning to improve student achievement and transform education for the 21st century. As part of the festivities, governors, education chiefs, lawmakers and policymakers across the nation are marking this day by making a commitment to fostering digital learning for students.   Continue Reading...
New Study: Class Size Doesn’t Matter?
posted by: Alix | February 01, 2012, 09:42 AM
Class size has for years been an important subject for teachers. Many claim that with fewer students, teachers are able to provide individualized attention and student learning increases as a result. While a number of organizations have championed this argument for generations, a new study released by the National Bureau of Economics debunks the age old myths that polices like lower class size and per pupil spending are the determining factors in receiving a quality education.   Continue Reading...
AAE Federal Update January 31, 2012
posted by: Alix | January 31, 2012, 12:40 PM

Education in State of the Union Address Last week, President Obama spent significant time during the State of the Union address discussing his administration's vision for American education. "Teachers matter," said President Obama in beginning his education remarks. "Instead of bashing them, or defending the status quo let's offer schools a deal. Give them the resources to keep good teachers on the job, and reward the best ones. In return, grant schools flexibility: To teach with creativity and passion; to stop teaching to the test; and to replace teachers who just aren't helping kids learn."

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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...
Teacher Choice Spotlight: Parochial School Educator
posted by: Alix | January 26, 2012, 11:06 AM
This week is National School Choice Week – a national movement of grassroots organizations calling for more educational options. Here at AAE, we support National School Choice Week because we support educators in all settings and encourage teachers to pursue the school and setting best suited to their needs and interest.As part of National School Choice Week, AAE has profiled teachers throughout the country to showcase their own unique setting and choice. Today we are profiling Ms. Debbie Gleeson, a Catholic elementary school teacher in New Jersey.   Continue Reading...
Teacher Choice Spotlight: Traditional Public School Educator
posted by: Alix | January 25, 2012, 11:56 AM
This week is National School Choice Week – a national movement of grassroots organizations calling for more educational options. Here at AAE, we support National School Choice Week because we support educators in all settings and encourage teachers to pursue the school and setting best suited to their needs and interest.As part of National School Choice Week, AAE has profiled teachers throughout the country to showcase their own unique setting and choice. Today we are profiling Mr. Ronnie Flowers, a traditional district public school teacher at a high school in Arkansas.   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...
Flipping the Classroom and Blogging about It
posted by: Alix | January 18, 2012, 09:44 AM
As a growing number of teachers see the need to make their teaching more relevant to today's technology generation, there's a good chance that one of the most popular education buzz-phrases this year will be "flipped classroom." This increasingly popular educational trend reverses the traditional pattern of classroom instruction followed by homework activities. With the flipped classroom model, students gain insight into the material—and control the pace of their learning—through viewing introductory videos of the information at home. Students then come to the classroom prepared to tackle an activity related to what they learned the night before. In the classroom, students have more time for hands-on activities, and they are able to get immediate assistance from the instructor and their peers when they face challenges in solving complex problems.   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...
Mayor Bloomberg Proposes Bold Reforms for the Big Apple
posted by: Alix | January 13, 2012, 05:53 PM
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered his annual State of City address this week, and in it, described a new bold vision for education in the Big Apple. As the largest school system in the United States with over one million teachers and students, the plan is being hailed as a big step that will likely usher in a new era of reform in the city.   Continue Reading...
EIA Report: NEA Spends $18.8M on Advocacy Groups
posted by: Alix | January 10, 2012, 01:26 PM
The Education Intelligence Agency, a popular education research blog run by union-watchdog Mike Antonucci, has analyzed the NEA's 2010-11 financial disclosure report and discovered that the largest teachers union in the country has given nearly $19 million of teacher dues, some collected by force, to advocacy groups and primarily left-leaning causes. Up $5 million from the previous year, the NEA has increased their advocacy spending despite a climate of declining membership and harsh budget realities.   Continue Reading...
New Study: Effective Teachers Make Long Lasting Impact
posted by: Alix | January 09, 2012, 02:42 PM
Reformers and education advocates for years have touted the key to success for students, regardless of grade level, is whether they have access to an effective teacher. Study after study has shown that with effective teachers, students are not only put in positions to succeed, but can potentially make tremendous gains in closing achievement gaps.   Continue Reading...
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