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Politics Supersede Learning in NJ Schools
posted by: Steph | April 28, 2010, 11:55 am   

New Jersey high school students are learning about political activism firsthand this week as they staged walkouts to protest Gov. Chris Christie's proposed education budget cuts. Nearly 18,000 students signed up to participate in a Facebook event titled, "Protest NJ Education Cuts - State Wide School Walk Out." Michelle Ryan Lauto, an 18-year old college student, started the Facebook page in protest to Gov. Christie's proposed reduction of direct aid to over 600 school districts by as much as 5 percent of each district's operating budget. Continue Reading...

New Jersey Update: Voters Say No to School Budgets
posted by: Colin | April 22, 2010, 09:53 am   

With 58% of school district voters defeating their local budget, some are declaring at least a partial victory for Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), including the governor himself who called the election a "watershed moment." Victory or not, New Jersey voters usually approve 70% of school district budgets and this year marks the most budgets defeated since 1976. Continue Reading...
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...

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