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Reform Matters: October 23, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | October 23, 2013, 08:32 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.

As the largest national non-union professional association for educators, AAE is a non-partisan choice for teachers across the country. We are proud to be member-driven and only take positions on issues after our members are surveyed at a majority. The studies, articles, and policies showcased in this newsletter have not necessarily been endorsed by AAE; however, by sharing new and innovative trends in education policy, we hope to educate and empower our members by examining new possibilities in education.

Feel free to forward this email on to colleagues, or encourage them to join our email list. We hope that you will provide us with feedback and consider submitting an article or study for consideration.

AAE Blog Roll: Don't forget to bookmark the AAE blog and the AAE Charters blog for original daily posts on trends in education reform and professional development.

Carpe Diem Schools Expand to Texas
Indiana Shifts School Grading Responsibilities to Legislature
Stranger than Fiction: Michigan Union Publishes Names of Former Members
Common Core Resources: Teaching Channel & Education Nation

AAE News: Arkansas State Chapter Leads Coalition to Solve Educator Health Care Crisis

AAE's Arkansas state chapter, the Arkansas State Teachers Association (ASTA), was honored to be part of a coalition that was successful in reducing health care premiums for education employees. After a 33-hour special session and a package of bills approved over the weekend, the state will use surplus money this year and redirect state funds in future years to lower teachers' insurance premiums. Governor Beebe signed the bills into law on Monday. Click here to read more.

Pro & Con: Common Core State Standards

Opinion: Guest Column: History Behind Common Core State StandardsTahoe Daily Tribune, 10/21/13

Interested in learning more about CCSS from proponents of the standards? Check out this toolkitFoundation for Excellence in Education, 2013

Education Technology & Blended Learning

Technology brings a host of new issues to schools. Group Calls on Companies to Safeguard Student DataEducation Week, 10/22/13

State Case Study: Alabama Lawmakers Look to Phase Out School TextbooksAssociated Press, 10/21/13

 Teacher Topics

Corporal Punishment Persists in U.S. Schools
Education Week, 10/23/13 

Alternative certification offers new path to the classroom. For These Teachers, the Education Field Offered New OpportunitiesIdaho Press Tribune, 10/20/13

Q&A: Melinda Gates Talks Teacher QualityEducation Week, 10/17/13

Charter Schools, Choice & Reform Advocacy

A new film showcases a balanced look at the overhaul of the New Orleans Public Schools in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.'Rebirth: New Orleans' Examines Post-Katrina School Experiment, Education and The Media, 10/21/13

New Study: Neither School Nor Job for Many U.S. YouthsAssociated Press, 10/21/13

AAE staff had the pleasure of attending the Foundation for Excellence in Education's National Summit on Education Reform last week. Check out clips from the conference speakers. 




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