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Unions Take Education and Labor Battles to Courts
posted by: Alix | September 27, 2011, 05:04 pm

2011 is shaping up to be the year of education and labor reform nearly nationwide. In March, 48 states were considering labor reform bills on the heels of major Republican gains in state legislatures across the country. What started as legislative progress and meaningful education reform in states like Indiana, Florida, and Idaho, has yielded an unprecedented backlash from unions who are literally fighting for their very survival in long drawn out court battles that are leaving many commonsense policies in limbo.

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Education Nation Week Kicks Off with Teacher Town Hall
posted by: Alix | September 26, 2011, 04:25 pm
This week marks the second annual interactive summit, Education Nation hosted by NBC news. The weeklong conference is designed to host educators, parents, policymakers, elected officials, business leaders, students and engaged citizens in facilitating a national discussion about the challenges and potential solutions spanning today's education landscape. This year's lineup of education panels kicked off yesterday with a major teacher town hall event, and is set to include sessions on teaching and testing, the brain science behind early-learning and more.   Continue Reading...
“Right to Teach” Legislation Gaining Steam in Michigan
posted by: Alix | September 22, 2011, 03:02 pm
In light of the labor battles brewing across the country, compulsory unionism has become a hot topic among education advocates and teachers nearly nationwide. Gaining national headlines lately is the traditionally union-friendly state of Michigan, and their new "Right to Teach" legislation that seeks to end forced unionism for public school teachers.   Continue Reading...
One thing on which everyone in the education community can agree is the fact that effective teachers are the key to the overall success of our school system. In light of this consensus, the Department of Education has spent the past several years studying the behavior of new teachers and their career paths, of which the findings were released last week in an ongoing study. In an effort to understand the typical career journey of a new educator, the study tracks 2,000 teachers as they begin their teaching careers and follows their behavior patterns as they continue in both elementary and secondary settings.   Continue Reading...
Post-Labor Day Wrap Up
posted by: Alix | September 06, 2011, 10:58 am
This week we look back on another Labor Day gone, and the hope and promise of a new school year ahead. While most Americans see Labor Day as a long weekend marking the end of summer, it is critical to not only recognize the history and hardship of the workers of over century ago, but recognize the state of labor today.   Continue Reading...
Making Teacher Pay Competitive
posted by: Alix | September 02, 2011, 11:19 am
The teaching profession has for years been known for low and structured pay scales. As reformers and policymakers continually champion effective teaching as the key to improving student outcomes, the prospect of attracting our nation's best and brightest to a career in teaching seems grim under our current system. In the last few weeks, several key education leaders have endorsed competitive pay for teachers. Is the answer to attracting and sustaining top professionals simply dollars and cents, or is it more complicated in an educator workforce?   Continue Reading...
The Debt Deal and Education Spending
posted by: Alix | August 04, 2011, 10:05 am
The debt ceiling debate has played out like a soap opera all summer long with the U.S. credit score hanging in the balance. After intense debate and uproar, emergency bipartisan legislation was enacted on Tuesday, mere hours before we were to hit a cap on our borrowing. With the reported apocalyptic economic downfall behind us, education stakeholders are now evaluating the new budget cap and its inevitable impact on federal K-12 spending.   Continue Reading...
SOS Rally Yields Mixed Messages & Famous Faces
posted by: Alix | August 01, 2011, 10:45 am

This weekend union leaders and liberal advocacy groups from across the country rallied in Washington, D.C. for the "Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action." With a smaller crowd than predicted, at just 3,000 people, teachers and anti-reform advocates rallied to protest everything from No Child Left Behind, to standardized tests, and everything in between somehow labeled as education reform.

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“Save our Schools” Rally Scheduled for this Weekend
posted by: Alix | July 29, 2011, 11:58 am
This weekend, union leaders and liberal advocacy groups from across the country will march in Washington, D.C. for what they call the "Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action."   Continue Reading...
Secretary Duncan Says Education Is Hurt by Politics
posted by: Alix | July 26, 2011, 10:35 am
With our nation's schools slated to begin in the weeks to come, education has been a hot topic among policymakers at that state and local level. This week, at an ongoing education summit hosted by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan delivered some harsh remarks about not only the state of the Iowa school systems, but the overarching problems he believes our entire country's schools are facing.   Continue Reading...
NEA Denounces Teach for America
posted by: Alix | July 12, 2011, 10:44 am
Teach for America, a non-profit organization that recruits recent college graduates and professionals to teach in high-need schools for two years, was lambasted at the NEA's annual conference for what they call efforts by TFA to "union bust" in districts across the country.   Continue Reading...
Big Changes in Wisconsin
posted by: Alix | July 11, 2011, 01:55 pm
As of June 29, forced unionism ended in Wisconsin, ending a bitter and controversial debate over Governor Scott Walker's budget repair bill. Among the many union-crippling provisions of the law, unions in the state are no longer allowed to collect mandatory dues from government employees. Instead, unions must now count on members to continue supporting the unions by authorizing voluntary bank drafts to cover dues. While the union comes to grips with how to handle an inevitable mass exodus from exorbitant fees and partisan politics, teachers are finally speaking out about what the end of compulsory unionism really means to them and their paychecks.   Continue Reading...
2011 NEA Convention: Higher Dues, Obama Endorsement
posted by: Alix | July 05, 2011, 10:42 am
While most Americans were enjoying a festive Independence Day weekend, the National Education Association was holding their annual conference in Chicago. Beaten down after a solid year of negative press, declining membership, and legislative and legal battles, the NEA convention took on a surprisingly different tone in 2011.   Continue Reading...
Union Dues on the Rise
posted by: Alix | June 23, 2011, 11:20 am
Teacher unions are in a bit of a financial pinch these days. With declining membership, unilaterally negative press, and countless brewing legislative and legal battles, union leaders are struggling to live within their means. According to tax documents, despite taking in more than $1.5 billion in nationwide revenue in 2008-09, some states are literally upside-down. Faced with difficult decisions about keeping bloated staffs and fueling political agendas, state union chapters across the country are imposing dues hikes and various one-time legislative "assessments" to keep afloat.   Continue Reading...
AAE State Policy Update June 20, 2011
posted by: Ruthie | June 20, 2011, 11:24 am

With the 2011 legislative session at an end in many states, the dust is now settling on some of the most sweeping education and labor reforms we've have seen in generations. While each state has experienced reform and change on different levels, it is impossible to ignore the ground-breaking impact these laws will have on the future of labor relations and education across the country.

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Chiefs for Change Issue NCLB Roadmap
posted by: Alix | May 27, 2011, 11:41 am
Last week, the "Chiefs for Change" education advocacy coalition released their roadmap for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, commonly known as No Child Left Behind. In their proposal, the chiefs advocate for student-centered reforms that they claim are necessary changes to the heavily debated law.   Continue Reading...
AAE Federal Update May 18, 2011
posted by: Alix | May 18, 2011, 08:57 am

President Obama Gives High School Commencement Address

President Obama stopped in Memphis, Tennessee yesterday to deliver Booker T. Washington High School's key note graduation address as part of the Department of Education's Commencement Challenge for 2011. Washington High secured the historic address from the President by illustrating how it overcame a history of disciplinary problems and high dropout rates by implementing reforms and turning the school into a sanctuary for troubled kids in inner city Memphis.

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AAE State Policy Update May 16, 2011
posted by: Alix | May 16, 2011, 02:05 pm
When the dust settles on 2011 legislative session, states across the country will be dealing with some of the most sweeping changes in education and labor policy in generations. For months, tough-talking governors and state legislatures have been in the process of pushing through legislation that seeks to curb union power and implement sweeping education reforms. While each state is experiencing reform on different levels, it is impossible to ignore that this year will have an impact on the entire country's education outlook for years to come.   Continue Reading...
LIFO in Today’s Education Climate
posted by: Alix | May 12, 2011, 10:44 am
With another school year winding down, we are again hearing stories about young, often first- or second-year teachers and their being laid off due to budget cuts. The fact that states across the country are facing historic budget shortfalls shouldn't be news to anyone. Clearly this sobering reality will have an impact on education budgets, but what if the union-backed policy of "last in, first out" punishes good teachers and impacts parents seeking a quality teacher for their child? Sadly, LIFO has become just that: forcing new teachers out without any regard to their performance.   Continue Reading...
AAE State Policy Update May 10, 2011
posted by: Alix | May 10, 2011, 11:11 am
As the 2011 legislative session draws closer to its end, tough-talking governors and state legislatures across the country are proceeding with legislation that seeks to implement sweeping education and labor reforms. While each state is experiencing reform on different levels, it is impossible to ignore the ground-breaking changes that will undoubtedly change the face of education in this country in the coming years.   Continue Reading...
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