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Reform Matters: July 29th, 2015
posted by: Alana | July 29, 2015, 04:47 PM   
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Volume 3, Issue 23: July 29, 2015


Friedrichs vs. CTA: The end of compulsory union dues?

The U.S. Supreme Court may be prepared to strike down laws forcing public employees to pay union dues/fees. "Exciting and encouraging news," said Ms. Karen Cuen, an AAE member and one of the plaintiffs in the case, as it would eliminate requirements that forcibly collect fees from teachers simply for the privilege of having a job in the public schools.

AAE joined an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in support of the petition for certiorari in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case. As an organization founded on the principles of professionalism and choice, we couldn't be more thrilled about the advancement.



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AAE Survey: Teacher Professionalism
posted by: Melissa | July 27, 2015, 02:29 PM   

AAE has always been committed to advancing the professionalism of educators. We believe that teachers are true professionals with valuable insights and unique talents and strengths. In order to gauge how our members feel about issues surrounding professionalism, we conducted a poll on what it means to be a true professional.


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Zero Tolerance Policies and Bullying in the Classroom
posted by: Guest contributor | July 20, 2015, 12:09 PM   

By Narjis Hyder, Ed.D. and Mariam Hussain, MHA


Back in the 80’s, ‘zero tolerance’ was the catchphrase for the anti-drug campaigns that ran in schools. Nowadays, it has been modified in context to include bullying and disruptive behavior in the classroom.  Such policies are widespread among schools nationwide which “mandates the application of predetermined consequences, most often severe and punitive in nature that are intended to be applied regardless of the gravity of behavior, mitigating circumstances or situational context.” In other words, it does not matter what the situation or the type of behavior was zero tolerance will be applied. For instance, the newspaper St. Petersburg Times, reported that a 10 year old girl was expelled from school for possession of a weapon.  The weapon was discovered when the girl herself handed it to her teacher.  The weapon was a plastic knife that her mother had placed in her lunchbox for slicing an apple. In another instance, an adolescent boy was also expelled for talking to his mother on a cell phone in school where cell phone use is not allowed. He had not spoken to her in 30 days because she was a soldier stationed in Iraq.  The above cases were the result of zero tolerance policies, where schools were not given the freedom of discretion so as to be fair and effective in controlling disruptive and/or bullying behavior. But is a zero tolerance policy really the best method to prevent bullying and other disruptive behaviors in the classroom?


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Union Convention Reveals Fractured, Disorganized NEA
posted by: Guest contributor | July 17, 2015, 12:00 AM   

By Conner Dunleavy


This month, the National Education Association (NEA) - the nation’s largest teachers union, boasting around 3 million members – gathered in Orlando, Florida for their national convention. This convention hosted nearly 7,000 delegates and union members from across the country in order to approve resolutions, take up stances on issues, and conduct administrative tasks. The convention has been a decades long tradition, and it is here that delegates have historically decided how dues are charged and what political issues will be tackled by the union each year.

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Reform Matters: July 15th, 2015
posted by: Alix | July 16, 2015, 04:39 PM   
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Volume 3, Issue 22: July 15, 2015



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The Latest from The Hill: No Child Left Behind

Congress is busy debating new federal education policy legislation. Stay in the know with these must-read articles:

Senate Votes to End Debate on ESEA Rewrite; Final Vote Expected Thursday, Ed Week, 7/15/15

Opinion: Replace 'No Child' with 'Success', The Detroit News, 7/13/15

Opinion: A-PLUS, A Boon to Students and Parents, National Review, 7/13/15

No Child Left Behind Passes in House, Associated Press, 7/8/15

What do you think about the NCLB overhaul? Email AAE!
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