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Reform Matters: October 01, 2014
posted by: Alana | October 02, 2014, 03:50 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.

AAE Blog Roll

Fall Into Reading: Books to Go Back to School With!
What Makes for a Good Classroom Observation?
The Secret to Charter School Success in Milwaukee
Charter Schools Offer Options for Teen Moms

Don't forget to bookmark the AAE and AAE Charters blog for original posts on trends in education reform and professional development.

How Healthy Are Public Charter Schools?

This week, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released a new report aimed at assessing the state of the charter movement. The Health of the Public Charter School Movement: A State-by-State Analysis is a companion to the National Alliance's annual rankings that evaluate each state's charter school law.

Expanding beyond the work of evaluating state laws, this new annual report utilizes 11 different measures to determine how well a state's charter schools are performing, innovating, and growing. Find out how your states stacks up!

Click here to view the report. Questions about charter schools in your state? Send us an email

Education Technology & Blended Learning 

Opinion: You Are Asking the Wrong Questions About Education Technology, Forbes, 9/20/14

Wrap Up: Amidst Edtech Horror Stories, Some Blended-Learning Schools Shine, Forbes, 9/18/14

Has your school considered allowing students to "bring their own device?" Schools Move Toward 'Bring Your Own Device' Policies to Boost Student Tech Use, The Washington Post, 9/14//14

With Tech Taking Over in Schools, Worries Rise, The New York Times, 9/14/14 

Teacher Topics

Controversial assessment? These Are the Best and Worst States for Teachers, Wallet Hub, 9/30/14

Blended Learning and the Paradox of the Experienced Teacher, eSchool News, 9/30/14

Growing Trend? Why Girls Tend to Get Better Grades Than Boys Do, The Atlantic, 9/18/14 

Charter Schools, Choice, & Reform Advocacy 

Threat to the Movement: Teachers' Unions Target Charter Schools in California, Union Watch, 9/30/14

Charter schools on the offensive: Choice Media Announces Major Campaign to Promote Charter School and Tax Credit Scholarship Options for Parents in Philadelphia, Yahoo, 9/15/14

Election News: Union political spending is heating up this fall. American Federation of Teachers Set to Spend More in 2014 Than Any Other Election Cycle, Huffington Post, 9/30/14

State Case Study: National Teachers' Union: Beating Walker a Top Priority, Green Bay Press Gazette, 9/30/14

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