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Reform Matters: July 31, 2013
posted by: Ruthie | July 31, 2013, 03:08 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.

Union Dues at Work: Data Reveals Concerning Extremes in Number of Union Employees
Common Core and Not So Common Resources
Changing Demographics Highlight the Need for Education Reform    

AAE in the News: Kansas Teachers Opt Out of Big Unions

"...The more information teachers have about alternatives, truly professional alternatives, they aren't wanting to give their money to KNEA or NEA," McClure said."

Click here to read the full article. 

Education Technology & Blended Learning  

Education technology is changing the face of instruction in charter schools. Charter iSchool High Offers Options for Students, Associated Press, 7/29/13

NEW Report: Online Learning, Myths, Reality, & Promise, Digital Learning Now, 7/1/13

One school program promises tech classes for volunteers. School Gets Volunteers, Seniors Learn Computers, Associated Press, 7/29/13

Teacher Topics    

Would you be comfortable carrying a gun in school? State Case Study: Arkansas School District Training More Than 20 Teachers, Staff as Armed Security Guards, Washington Post, 7/29/13

New Paper: "Findings suggest that certain teacher characteristics such as teaching experience, degree, and primary teaching field do not have effects on student achievement." Effects of Teacher Professional Characteristics on Student Achievement, Taylor & Francis Online, 7/23/13

Teachers Prep: U of M Taking its Teaching Program to a New Level, Jackson Sun, 7/25/13

Charter Schools, Choice & Reform Advocacy

Could we see a long-term solution? Student Loan Compromise Heads Toward Final Vote, Associated Press, 7/31/13

Public charter schools are increasingly seen as a bipartisan effort. Charter Schools Get Help From an Unexpected Source, Sun Sentinel, 7/26/13

Teacher choice up for debate? Should Teachers Be Able to Decide if They Want Union Dues Deducted? EAG News, 7/30/13

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