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AAE Chapter Leader Selected to be Chamber Panelist
posted by: Alana | February 19, 2016, 11:19 PM   


Dr. Michele Ballentine-Linch, executive director of AAE’s Arkansas state chapter, has been chosen to participate in the State of Arkansas’s Chamber of Commerce annual leadership program, Leadership Arkansas next week on February 25th.


The mission of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce is to promote a pro-business, free-enterprise agenda and prevent anti-business legislation, regulations, and rules. They are the leading voice for business at the state capitol and serve as the primary business advocate on all issues affecting Arkansas employers.


The State Chamber understands that a competitive business environment is not possible without an educated and competitive workforce. That’s why this upcoming session will focus on K-12 Education in the state.


Panelists for the chamber’s Leadership Arkansas program were selected from top community leaders who are equally concerned about workforce development, making AAE-ASTA a hand-in-glove choice for this dynamic session.


Dr. Linch will be sitting alongside the following outstanding community leaders to discuss the leading issues facing Arkansas education today:

Dr. Mike Mertens, Assistant Executive Director of the Arkansas Association of Education Administrators
Mr. Gary Newton, President & CEO of Arkansas Learns
Tony Prothro, Executive Director of the Arkansas School Boar Association
Ms. Brenda Robinson, President of the Arkansas Education Association


The facts are clear.

The message of AAE and its state chapters is resonating with stakeholders across the nation as high profile policymakers, and organizations seek out input from our members! It’s because of teachers – LIKE YOU – who are eager to embrace professionalism that our message is so strong and well respected in the ears of education thought-leaders.


AAE and its state chapters strive to provide a resounding voice for teachers so that they truly have a place at the education policy table and we’re excited to participate in this leadership program.


If you – or someone you know – are interested in becoming a member of AAE or one of our state chapters, visit to learn more about why AAE is the leading choice for educators.

What do you think is the most critical issue this panel should cover?
Tell us in the comments below!


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