National Teacher Survey Demonstrates Growing Support for Education Reforms
Alexandria, VA – Today the Association of American Educators (AAE), the largest national non-union educators' organization, released its 2014 Membership Survey about high-profile education and labor policies. Survey results show progressive stances toward education and labor reform, particularly with regard to education spending, school choice, technology, safety in schools, Common Core State Standards, and collective bargaining.
With policymakers considering new ideas in education across the country, it's critical that educators' opinions and experiences are taken into account as these reforms are debated and implemented. As a member-driven organization, AAE brings an authentic teacher voice to the education reform dialogue, providing invaluable input from professional educators across the country.
"AAE takes policy positions directly from member feedback," stated AAE Executive Director Gary Beckner. "The opinions expressed in this survey are those of real educators, not bureaucrats or union leaders with partisan political agendas."
With regard to proposed ballot initiatives designed to increase education spending via tax increases, AAE members stress fiscal responsibility:
While the education establishment sees school choice as a threat to their unionized monopoly, AAE teachers support certain laws that advance school choice and promote options for both teachers and students:
As new technologies make flexibility a reality for all stakeholders, states across the country are implementing policies that offer and encourage online learning. AAE members embrace new technologies as a means to better prepare students for the 21st century:
In the wake of several tragic school shootings, teachers are vocal about school safety measures:
Experts continue to debate the value of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Support for the standards has declined in 2014 with AAE members split on the initiative:
Collective bargaining and labor reforms are also considered by AAE member teachers:
"We are proud to represent educators who are thoughtfully considering education reforms," stressed Beckner. "We hope these findings will be a useful tool for policymakers and administrators on all levels.
Complete results of the survey can be found at www.aaeteachers.org/natsurvey.
The Association of American Educators (AAE) is the largest national, non-union, professional educator's organization, advancing the profession by offering a modern approach to teacher representation and educational advocacy, as well as promoting professionalism, collaboration and excellence without a partisan agenda. AAE members are forward-thinking professionals who are committed to student-centered reform efforts including school/teacher choice, accountability and technology. AAE has members in all 50 states and welcomes professionals from all education entities. Membership is $15 per month which includes $2 million professional liability insurance, employment rights coverage, professional development resources as well as a host of other benefits. Visit aaeteachers.org for further information.