Last week, President Elect Donald Trump had a big announcement to deliver about his education agenda. Four days after meeting with the President Elect, Betsy DeVos, 58, has been nominated to serve as the next U.S. Secretary of Education. Who is Betsy DeVos you might ask? A high-profile advocate for school choice, Ms. DeVos is chair of the American Federation for Children, a Washington, D.C.-based organization devoted to expanding school of choice options across the country. She also sits on the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education.
Yet again, the teachers unions are among the largest political funders in local and national elections alike from coast to coast.
In addition to early presidential endorsements by both the AFT and NEA, the largest teachers unions in the nation spent a whopping combined total of $32.2 million dollars during in the 2016 election cycle as of the September 30th FEC reporting period. And that number is bound to be even higher when 4th quarter reporting numbers come in.
But that's not even the half of it.
Against all odds and predictions, Donald J. Trump secured a victory in the 2016 election. But that wasn't the only noteworthy outcome at the polls. Here are a few more key decisions made by voters across the U.S. we think you should follow:
Where do the presidential candidates stand on education?
posted by: Alana | October 28, 2016, 12:08 pm
We're getting down to the wire and early voting is already in full swing across the nation. There is so much at stake in this presidential race from education reform initiatives to school funding, yet thousands of Americans are still undecided heading into the 2016 elections. It's absolutely imperative that educators make well informed decisions at the voting booth this November.
AAE is proudly non-partisan, does not endorse candidates, or tell members how to vote. We do, however, urge each and every educator to brush up on the candidates' stances on education at the federal, state, AND local levels before heading to the polls.
Making Technology Work in the Classroom: DOE's Latest Tech Report
posted by: Alana | October 25, 2016, 02:55 pm
Experts Say These Are the Top 16 Priorities in Education
posted by: Alana | September 14, 2016, 02:47 pm
Bellwether Education Partners (BEP) is a nonprofit dedicated to helping education organizations in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors become more effective in their work and achieve dramatic results, especially for high-need students. Continue Reading...
Teacher evaluations: shortsighted backpedaling or measured course correcting? A bit of both.
posted by: Alana | March 24, 2016, 02:34 pm
Guest Post By: Sandi Jacobs With Congress having reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act earlier this year, there’s been a lot of celebration from some camps and hand wringing from others over the future of teacher evaluation. There is a perception that life under “ESSA” will mean that states will no longer embrace the commitments they only recently made to introduce more meaningful teacher evaluation systems.
A Second Look into Arizona’s Education Savings Accounts
posted by: Alana | March 08, 2016, 06:40 pm
Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) are becoming an increasingly hot-button issue for education advocates all across America – perhaps none more so than those in Arizona. ESAs allow parents to use some of the public finding earmarked for their child to pay for school-related services and tuitions. Despite push back from the status quo, a new report by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice reveals the truth about how ESAs are helping students.
Justice Scalia’s Passing: What it means for Friedrichs vs. CTA in 5 FAQs
posted by: Alana | February 18, 2016, 05:23 pm
In light of Justice Scalia’s sudden passing, many teachers are anxious to know the status of the Friedrichs vs. CTA Supreme Court case.
Below is a list of frequently asked questions and their respective answers:Continue Reading...
After passing in the U.S. House on December 2nd by a vote of 359-64, the U.S. Senate today officially passed the buck on the Every Student Succeeds Act (S. 1177) to President Obama’s desk by a vote of 85-12, where it awaits final approval.
Just imagine you’re at the Rosewood London, a restored Edwardian mansion enjoying the finest linens and the classiest wait staff, at Disney World, wining and dining at world-renowned restaurants and rooftop lounges, or at the Ritz Carlton in Santiago, Chile, relaxing in premier spas and relishing the complimentary fitness trainers– all without paying a cent of your own money. Sounds like the life of luxury, does it not? Well according to documents recently uncovered by the74million.org, this scenario is actually a reality for some or the nation’s leading teacher union leaders.Continue Reading...
This September, AAE sat down with stakeholders from the monumental Fredrich's and Bain court cases to get an in-depth look at how these issues impact education.
Alabama State Teacher of the Year and finalist for National Teacher of the Year, Ann Marie Corgill resigned from teaching after 21 years this week. By all accounts, Ms. Corgill was an excellent teacher. She was a National Board Certified Teacher. Her students, colleagues, and principal all spoke well of her. She was a mentor to other teachers and a published author. Moreover, there’s every indication that she loved her students and that she loved her job. What could possibly drive such a talent out of the system?
Secretary Duncan to Step Down: What Teachers Need to Know
posted by: Alana | October 06, 2015, 04:57 pm
Education Secretary Arne Duncan made a huge announcement last week when he announced he’s stepping down after 7 years in office. What does this mean for teachers? We’ve compiled some FAQs about the news below.
Eliminating the achievement gap is a top education priority. While the existence of an achievement gap between poor students and their more wealthy peers has been shown to exist, what’s not always clear is the reason behind the persistence of that gap. Undoubtedly, poverty itself plays a roll, but there are also other factors that serve to widen and deepen this gap for students across America.
NEA Braces for Supreme Court Decision in Friedrichs vs. CTA
posted by: Alana | September 01, 2015, 09:26 am
Big news has broken about the number of NEA agency fee payers nationwide. For the first time ever, quantities of teachers who decline NEA membership in compulsory union states–also known as agency fee payers– has been made public courtesy of the Education Intelligence Agency.
End Double—and Lower—Standards for Special Education Teachers
posted by: Guest contributor | August 28, 2015, 09:39 am
By Sandi JacobsMs. Jacobs is vice president & managing director for state & district policy for the National Council on Teacher Quality. Learn more about NCTQ.
Almost 6.4 million students—about 13% of students overall—receive special education services. Meanwhile, nearly the same percentage of the teacher workforce works in special education classrooms. Considering the need for these professionals and the specialized skills required of them, you’d think expectations for preparing and licensing special education teachers would be at least as high as they are for other teachers, if not higher.Continue Reading...
Republican Presidential Hopefuls Discuss Education
posted by: Alana | August 24, 2015, 04:56 pm
Last week some of the nation’s leading presidential hopefuls met in New Hampshire at the 2015 New Hampshire Education Summit. With a crowded field of leaders vying for the Republican nomination for President, education reform will clearly remain a hot topic heading into the primaries.Continue Reading...
Bridging the Gap Between Educators and Policy Experts
posted by: Guest contributor | August 24, 2015, 09:47 am
By Lindsay Willmann
In this era of accountability, the division between Congress, state capitols, and the classroom seems wider than ever. Teachers and principals lament the many rules and restrictions placed on their school day, and this disenchantment grows with each newly minted policy. They notice that input from teachers like them is rarely solicited, but know how essential it is to effective policy decisions.Continue Reading...