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Reform Matters: June 25, 2014
posted by: Alix | June 26, 2014, 12:00 AM
Welcome to the Association of American Educators' online 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.   Continue Reading...

Despite the advent of right-to-work laws in Michigan, the Michigan Education Association (MEA) recently sent bill collectors after a kindergarten teacher and AAE member for her “unpaid union dues.”

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As many teachers know, right-to-work laws are drastically changing the climate for educators in the state of Michigan. No longer required to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment, teachers across the state are exercising their rights and leaving the MEA in record numbers.

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Two AAE member educators, Regional Membership Director Kristi Lacroix, and coalition of other local stakeholders testified Thursday before a Pennsylvania House committee in support of a new paycheck protection bill designed to promote teacher freedom of choice and union accountability.   Continue Reading...

Teacher Appreciation Week is a great time to reflect on the profession and the daily struggles teachers face.

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Recently, while reviewing teachers union contracts in Michigan’s 200 biggest public school districts, the Mackinac Center For Public Policy found a clause giving “special consideration” to applicants that are of the non-Christian faith.

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Teachers Rejects State & National Unions in Kansas
posted by: Ruthie | January 23, 2014, 02:52 PM

For the seventh time since 2009, a Kansas school district has voted to decertify their local teachers association from the KNEA and National Education Association (NEA). Spearville, the latest district to vote on such a measure, recently sought the assistance of the Kansas Association of American Educators, an AAE state chapter in order to gain their independence to form a local bargaining unit.

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Wisconsin Certification Elections and AAE
posted by: Ruthie | December 23, 2013, 02:38 PM

Last week, voters in 408 Wisconsin districts participated in union certification elections to determine their future representation. According to the results, 19 teachers unions decertified. All told, workers rejected over 70 of 408 school district unions during annual recertification elections.

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Earlier this week, Wisconsin's Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas held the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission in contempt for enforcing Act 10 by permitting recertification elections for teacher unions around the state. The decision could potentially affect thousands of educators who have already fled the union in favor of professional alternatives.

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Since the advent of teacher freedom of choice in Michigan, the Michigan Education Association (MEA) has stopped at nothing to keep members in the fold. According to new reports by teachers and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, one local union is publishing the names of former members in their newsletters.   Continue Reading...
Michigan Post Right-to-Work
posted by: Ruthie | October 08, 2013, 01:06 PM
On March 28, 2013, Michigan's Right-to-Work law went into full effect, finally providing Michigan teachers and other workers the freedom to choose whether they want to be a member of a union. Since its inception, AAE has seen a large increase in Michigan teachers searching for professional benefits without the partisan politics of the Michigan Education Association (MEA). However, due to the mass exodus of members, Michigan union leaders are doing everything in their power to keep workers in the fold.   Continue Reading...
NEA Membership Numbers Show Continued Decline
posted by: Ruthie | July 16, 2013, 10:16 AM
Following an eventful 2013 annual conference, the NEA's official membership numbers have hit the internet. According to the Education Intelligence Agency, the NEA has lost over 9% of its members nationwide. The 2011-12 school year absorbed the sharpest decline, with almost 104,000 fewer members in the ranks from the previous year. However, the losses continued by more than 41,000 members in the just-concluded 2012-13 school year.   Continue Reading...
NEFW Spotlight: Non-Union Option Embraced in Wisconsin
posted by: Ruthie | June 27, 2013, 08:10 AM
In honor of National Employee Freedom Week, a nationwide campaign offering an unparalleled focus on the freedoms union employees have to opt out of union membership, we are sharing stories of teachers who have exercised their rights and have chosen the organization that best meets their needs.   Continue Reading...
In honor of National Employee Freedom Week, a nationwide campaign offering an unparalleled focus on the freedoms union employees have to opt out of union membership, we are sharing stories of teachers who have exercised their rights and have chosen the organization that best meets their needs.   Continue Reading...
AAE Executive Director Gary Beckner's op-ed America's Teachers Have A Choice, And This Includes Not Joining A Teachers' Union in today's edition of Forbes.    Continue Reading...
Right-to-Work Bill Passed in Michigan
posted by: Ruthie | December 11, 2012, 04:08 PM
Today, lawmakers in Michigan approved Right-to-Work legislation by a 58-51 vote. The controversial saga over freedom of choice for workers is drawing not just national attention, but also thousands of union-led protesters to the Capitol grounds today. Governor Rick Snyder is expected to sign the measure this week.   Continue Reading...
In the past year, Washington, D.C. public charter schools have experienced a five percent enrollment increase, rising to nearly 81,000 students this school year alone. They now comprise 41% of all public school students in the District of Columbia.   Continue Reading...

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute and Education Reform Now recently completed a study about the strength of teacher unions nationwide. The study ranked all 50 states according to the influence of their state-level unions and concludes that there is indeed a declining status of teacher unions across the country.

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Shadowbosses, released this week, tells a story of intrigue, drama, and corruption and reads like an organized crime novel. Amazingly, it is actually a true story of how public sector labor unions (including teacher unions) are spending member dues and controlling the political process.   Continue Reading...
“Are teachers or anyone in the private sector experiencing those increases in times of financial hardship?" AAE Executive Director Gary Beckner featured in FoxNews.com article about union boss salaries being nearly 10 times that of the average teacher:   Continue Reading...
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