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Reform Matters: September 12, 2012
posted by: Alix | September 12, 2012, 05:00 AM   

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 a colleague, 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. 

Secretary Duncan Speaks to Students about New School Year
Using QR Codes to Enhance a Classroom Library
Election News: Both Parties Support Public Charter Schools
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Highlights Two Decades of Success

National Education News: AAE Sounds Off

Have you been following the news from Chicago? Don't miss AAE Executive Director Gary Beckner's statement about the teacher strike.

Also, don't miss AAE Executive Director Gary Beckner's recent opinion editorial on the growing non-union educator movement: New School Year, New Teacher Movement, Townhall, September 2012

Education Technology & Blended Learning

Technology is allowing students and teachers to design their environment beyond bricks and mortar: Out-of-School Settings Create Climate for New Skills, Education Week, 8/27/12

Digital Trends: Can Online College Education Ever Really Be Free?, Getting Smart, 9/12/12

Commentary: Why the Next Four Years Will Be Better, Tom Vander Ark, 9/9/12

Teacher Quality, School Budgets & Alternative Certification

The amount of money spent by school districts on special education varies greatly around the country, and some districts that spend less than others are getting better academic results from students. Study: Boosting The Quality and Efficiency of Special Education, The Thomas B. Fordham Institute 

School budgets are always in the news. This fall: School Budgets Are on the Ballot in California, Stateline, 9/10/12

On Trend: Is the Culture of Achievement Impairing Students' Moral Sense?, Anthony Rebora, 9/7/12

Charter Schools, Choice & Reform Advocacy

The Chicago teacher strike is in full swing. Education experts are in agreement that the situation poses a serious test for both union influences and education reform groups. Analysis: Chicago strike could influence teacher accountability debate, CNN, 9/12/12

Opinion: Who Will Win Chicago Teachers Strike? Charter Schools, Bloomberg, 9/12/12

News from Chicago: Chicago Teachers Strike Puts Charter Schools in the Spotlight, The Atlantic, 9/11/12

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