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Reform Matters: September 11, 2014
posted by: Alix | September 11, 2014, 08:22 PM   

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.

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. Stay engaged in this school year!   

Note: 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.

Paper Spotlight: Fixing Tenure Doesn't Mean Ending It

TNTP released a short paper, Rebalancing Teacher Tenure, with eight recommendations for what those changes should look like, including:

  • Lengthening the tryout period and linking tenure to performance
  • Streamlining dismissal hearings and focusing them on students' interests
  • Ending tolerance for egregious misconduct, but lowering the professional stakes for teachers in other cases, so that a dismissal from one school doesn't mean a teacher loses his or her license altogether
Click here to read the full TNTP paper. Click here for AAE Membership Survey results about tenure.

Education Technology & Blended Learning

Technology, Pressure Drive Ride in Cheating on Tests, The Asbury Park Press, 9/8/14

Wi-Fi in the Classroom has to be a National Priority, Forbes, 9/4/14

Pushing the Start Button on Computer Science Curriculum for K-12 Schools, Los Angeles Times, 9/1/14

The cost of textbooks has increased by 800% since 1978. Video: What if we got rid of textbooks?, Yahoo News, 8/26/14

Teacher Topics

The cost of teaching: Expired Educator Expenses & Unreimbursed Employee Expenses, Forbes, 9/8/14
The end of homework? Why Some Schools are Banning Homework, Today, 9/8/14

Teachers are not widgets; they're individual professionals with experience and ideas that need to be heard. How Unions Infantilize Teachers, Reason, 9/4/14

Charter Schools, Choice, & Reform Advocacy

Violent Schools? A Philadelphia Charter Has Answers, Watchdog, 9/11/14

How to Start Your Own Charter School: One Family's Recipe for Startup Success, PBS, 9/1/14

'Worst Fears' of MEA Realized as Teachers Leave, Michigan Capital Confidential, 9/8/14

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