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Alternative Certification Programs Compete with Education Schools' Monopoly
posted by: Colin | April 21, 2010, 10:05 am   

Traditional education schools are under attack, reports The New York Times. Alternative paths to becoming a teacher, like Teach for America and the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (the latter was not mentioned in the article), are becoming more popular, threatening the longtime monopoly the education schools have enjoyed. Continue Reading...

AAE's Tracey Bailey on CNN Student Texting Story
posted by: Colin | April 20, 2010, 11:35 am   

AAE's Director of Education Policy and 1993 National Teacher of the Year Tracey Bailey was interviewed by CNN's American Morning about the phenomenon of student texting.

Watch the video here. Continue Reading...

Study: Teacher Pensions Underfunded by Nearly $1 Trillion
posted by: Colin | April 19, 2010, 09:08 am   

Bad news this morning regarding teacher pensions, so I hope you've had your coffee.

A recent study by the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research states that teacher pensions nationwide are underfunded by nearly $1 trillion—three times the estimate of government officials. The difference in estimates is because teacher pensions, unlike their private counterparts, assume a much higher—if unrealistic—return on investment and enjoy more freedom than private pension funds. Continue Reading...

Senate Considering Bailout for Teachers
posted by: Colin | April 15, 2010, 09:23 am   

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) is sponsoring a bill that would spend $23 billion of federal taxpayer money to help schools prevent impending layoffs. This $23 billion would be on top of the $100 billion provided to states as part of the 2009 economic stimulus. The bill follows warnings from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan that budget cuts could lead to 100,000 to 300,000 layoffs across the country. Continue Reading...

Midnight in the Garden State of Good and Evil
posted by: Colin | April 13, 2010, 09:35 am   

Actually, it is closer to high noon in New Jersey, where newly-elected governor Chris Christie is in a showdown with the teachers union.

In order to balance the budget, Gov. Christie has asked for teachers to accept a one-year pay freeze and contribute 1.5% of their salary towards health care costs Continue Reading...

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