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EIA Report: NEA Spends $26M on Advocacy Groups
posted by: Colin | January 15, 2010, 11:52 am   

The Education Intelligence Agency, a popular education research blog run by Mike Antonucci, has analyzed the NEA's 2008-09 financial disclosure report and discovered that the largest teachers union in the country has given over $26 million of teacher dues, some collected by force, to advocacy groups. Continue Reading...

Education Statistic Makes Bad News
posted by: Colin | January 11, 2010, 04:44 pm   

Newsweek and Washington Post contributing editor Robert Samuelson's latest opinion piece notes the good and bad news from the 2010 Statistical Abstract of the United States. Listed among the bad news he culls from the expansive report, Samuelson notes, "Since 1970, the student-teacher ratio in schools has declined dramatically, from 22-1 to 15-1 in 2007, with little effect on test results." Another interesting statistic revealed in the report: "Almost one-quarter of elementary and high school students are immigrants or have immigrant parents." Continue Reading...

Why Do Unions Oppose Race to the Top Funding?
posted by: Colin | January 07, 2010, 09:56 am   

Florida Education Association president Andy Ford published an open letter to Florida Education Commissioner Eric Smith voicing his opposition to the way the Education Department's Race to the Top program is being operated. "The Race to the Top dollars will not have the desired impact," Ford claims, and, according to Education Week, the FEA and other state unions are threatening withholding their endorsement of state applications, "jeopardize the states' chances of winning the coveted federal dollars." Why would the unions do this? Continue Reading...

December 2009 Education Matters: Declaring Independence
posted by: Colin | January 04, 2010, 09:24 am   

The December 2009 edition of Education Matters (now available for non-members to read and download) includes an article highlighting how a local teachers union in Washington state disaffiliated from the state and national teachers unions. In "Declaring Independence," read about how the local teachers freed themselves from the WEA and the NEA—and saved money. Continue Reading...

AAE's Tracey Bailey on MSNBC, Discussing Student Crucifixion Controversy
posted by: Colin | December 22, 2009, 02:33 pm   

AAE's Director of Education Policy, Tracey Bailey, appeared on Dr. Nancy on MSNBC last week to discuss a recent news story involving a school child being sent home and psychologically evaluated for drawing a crucifixion. Watch the interview.

For more on the story, here's a news report from Boston CBS-affiliate WBZ-TV.

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