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Study: Head Start Provides Mixed Results
posted by: Guest contributor | August 10, 2015, 12:42 PM

By Conner Dunleavy

 

For nearly 50 years, the Head Start program has been providing free preschool programs for low-income Americans. Since the 1960’s the program has seen some 30 million American children pass through it according to an analysis by the Hechinger Report.

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By Conner Dunleavy

 

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has recently started bracing itself for a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. The decision could potentially end the practice of forced unionism from coast to coast allowing educators ultimate control over their paychecks.

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One Step Closer to Replacing NCLB
posted by: Guest contributor | July 10, 2015, 10:55 AM

By Conner Dunleavy

 

This Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a Republican-led overhaul of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Long overdue for reauthorization, the vote was very close (218-213) with no Democrats supporting it and 27 Republicans also voting against it.

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By Conner Dunleavy

 

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that it will take up the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case. This landmark case challenges the ability of unions to collect dues from employees who may not wish to be a part of the union or object to the use of their dues on issues which they fundamentally disagree with. This case lays out a First Amendment freedom of speech challenge to the long standing forced unionism policy.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner issued an executive order yesterday designed to prevent government employees (including teachers) from being forced to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment.

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Education & State of the Union 2015
posted by: Alana | January 21, 2015, 01:57 PM

Did you miss the State of the Union Address? Don’t worry. AAE has you covered.

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Federal Update: May 23, 2014
posted by: Ruthie | May 23, 2014, 06:46 AM

Public Charter School Legislation Passes House of Representatives  

 

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives approved the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act (HR 10)with strong bipartisan support in a vote of 360 to 45 during National Charter Schools Week.

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Federal Update: March 18, 2014
posted by: Ruthie | March 18, 2014, 01:44 PM

Federal Budget Release Reveals President Obama's PrioritiesAt the beginning of the month, President Obama released his annual budget proposal, requesting $68.6 billion in discretionary funding for the U.S. Department of Education. This number is a 1.9% increase from the 2014 budget.

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Federal Update: December 23, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | December 23, 2013, 11:15 AM

Department of Educations Extends Transition Flexibility Waivers for StatesThe Department of Education will consider, on a state-by-state basis, requests for flexibility in two areas: the timeline for using results of teacher and principal evaluation and support systems that meet the requirements of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility for personnel decisions, and field testing new assessments aligned to college- and career-ready standards.

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Federal Update: November 14, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | November 14, 2013, 01:12 PM

Department of Education to Scale Back NCLB Waiver-Renewal MandatesThe U.S. Department of Education is planning to streamline and modify the process of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver renewals. In August, the administration announced new difficult mandates for waiver approval. However, the Department of Education will soon release an updated mandate process, which includes a significant relaxation of equity in teacher distribution.

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Federal Update: October 28, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | October 28, 2013, 04:52 PM

House Education and Workforce Committee Passes Bill Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent PredatorsLast week, with broad bipartisan support, the House of Representatives passed legislation designed to help keep children safe from sexual predators and other violent adults in their schools.

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Federal Update: September 18, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | September 17, 2013, 03:15 PM

GOP Leaders Protest Attempt to Shut Down Louisiana's School Choice Program 

Today, House Republican leaders sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder expressing concerns about the Obama administration's effort to shut down a successful school choice program in Louisiana.

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Federal Update: August 29, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | August 29, 2013, 12:24 PM

President Obama's Plan to Make College More Affordable

Last week, President Obama outlined an ambitious new agenda to combat rising college costs. In an effort to make college more affordable for families across America, the Obama administration has focused on several new goals.   Continue Reading...
Federal Update: August 15, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | August 15, 2013, 09:35 AM

Secretary Duncan Names Leaders to the National Assessment Governing Board

 

Last week, Secretary Duncan appointed five education leaders -- a state legislator, an elementary school principal, a testing and measurement expert, and two parent/general public members -- to the National Assessment Governing Board (NAEP). This board determines subjects and content to be tested in schools, sets the achievement levels for reporting, and releases the results to the public.   Continue Reading...
Federal Update: July 8, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | July 08, 2013, 09:02 AM
Secretary Arne Duncan Speaks at National Charter School ConferenceLast week, Secretary Arne Duncan spoke at the National Charter School Conference in Washington, DC.    Continue Reading...
Federal Update: May 8, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | May 08, 2013, 08:31 AM

 

Secretary Duncan Issues Thoughts on Teacher Appreciation Day In an opinion piece issued today, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan commended National Teacher Appreciation Day and further called for renewed support of Educators beyond just small gifts and cards.     Continue Reading...
Federal Update: April 24, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | April 24, 2013, 04:11 PM

Head Start Cuts Still to be DeterminedIn the wake of federal sequestration and subsequent budget cuts, low-performing Head Start centers were told to anticipate a major loss of grant money. However, the Office of Head Start has yet to specify which centers will be affected.

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Federal Update: April 11, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | April 11, 2013, 09:44 AM
President Obama Releases 2014 Fiscal Year BudgetYesterday, President Obama released the 2014 Fiscal Year Budget. These guidelines contain several implications for education, as outlined below.   Continue Reading...
Federal Update: March 27, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | March 27, 2013, 02:31 PM
Congress Takes Action on Special Education FundingIn light of the recession, several states have attempted to cut their spending on special education programs. However, Congress has curtailed this practice by cutting federal funding for states that spend less than they spent last year on special education initiatives.   Continue Reading...
Federal Update: February 11, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | February 11, 2013, 04:57 PM
U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee Holds Hearing on Challenges and Opportunities Facing America's Schools and WorkplacesLast week, the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee held a congressional hearing to explore the challenges and opportunities facing America's workforce and K-12 students. In testimony by several prominent education and business leaders, witnesses argued that our nation must prepare our students for the jobs of the 21st century.   Continue Reading...
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