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What the 2016 Election Means for Education
posted by: Alana | November 09, 2016, 04:30 pm

 

Against all odds and predictions, Donald J. Trump secured a victory in the 2016 election. But that wasn't the only noteworthy outcome at the polls. Here are a few more key decisions made by voters across the U.S. we think you should follow:

 

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DON'T MISS YOUR TAX-FREE WEEKEND!
posted by: Alana | July 21, 2016, 12:13 pm
Many states have tax-free weekends over the summer months and yours may be just around the corner. These weekends are a critical time for thousands of educators across the nation who start the school year without enough supplies and need to stock up on a budget. But even for those who are lucky enough to get the supplies they need to last the school year, these weekends can be just as important for those living on a teacher's salary.   Here's a list of participating states, the dates of their respective tax-free weekend, and the items covered under each state's holiday:     Continue Reading...

By Conner Dunleavy

 

This month, the National Education Association (NEA) - the nation’s largest teachers union, boasting around 3 million members – gathered in Orlando, Florida for their national convention. This convention hosted nearly 7,000 delegates and union members from across the country in order to approve resolutions, take up stances on issues, and conduct administrative tasks. The convention has been a decades long tradition, and it is here that delegates have historically decided how dues are charged and what political issues will be tackled by the union each year.

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By Conner Dunleavy

 

The Collier County Educator’s Association in Florida has threatened to take legal action against School Board Member Kelly Lichter as an attempt to silence her efforts to make local educators aware of their professional options for association membership.

 

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iNACOL Conference Live Stream
posted by: Ruthie | October 28, 2013, 11:10 am

 

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is hosting their annual Virtual Symposium this week  in Orlando, Florida. A widely attended event with online educators and AAE members, the conference kicked off this morning with an introductory address by INACOL President and CEO Susan Patrick and a panel, Driving an Innovative Policy Roadmap Towards the Transformation of Student Learning, with speakers from across the country.

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Florida’s Student Achievement Goals Met with Controversy
posted by: Ruthie | October 22, 2012, 05:56 pm
Florida's controversial, new race-based student achievement goals continue to spark debate across the nation. The heated debate raises the question – how should student achievement goals be broken down?   Continue Reading...
AAE is pleased to announce the launch of our charter-focused website: www.AAECharters.org just in time for National Charter Schools Week. The new site is geared toward charter school administrators, leaders, teachers, and associations searching for timely updates and research on issues affecting the public charter school community.   Continue Reading...
AAE in the News: AAE Featured in New Report
posted by: Alix | April 27, 2012, 10:59 am
Yesterday, the nonpartisan, Chicago-based Heartland Institute released a comprehensive report about non-union associations and teachers and their quest for equal treatment in a union-dominated landscape. The exposé, authored by Education Policy Research Fellow Joy Pullman, highlights the Association of American Educators and AAE state chapter teachers and staff who have experienced harassment, discrimination, and bullying from union representatives keen on maintaining their monopoly in local schools.   Continue Reading...
Report: Art Education Programs on the Decline
posted by: Alix | April 03, 2012, 04:41 pm
There isn't a school district in the country that hasn't been affected by the recession and difficult budget decisions. For years, national media coverage has highlighted teacher lay-offs and program cuts in almost every part of the country. While states and districts come to terms with a new financial climate, a new Department of Education survey reports arts education is suffering the most under today's budgets, particularly in high-need communities.   Continue Reading...
YouTube as a Teaching Tool
posted by: Alix | March 12, 2012, 02:21 pm
While you may think of YouTube as a storehouse for time-wasting videos and tutorials, the internet clip website is going through a definite rebranding for K-12 educators. Since December, Google, YouTube's parent company, has been developing a portal that lets schools filter content for teachers and students. YouTube EDU offers schools the ability to pluck only the videos they want, free from controversial comments–all while blocking the general site content.   Continue Reading...
The Decline of Textbooks
posted by: Alix | March 01, 2012, 03:15 pm
Teachers in the classroom today all remember being issued their textbooks in grade school year after year. Decades old charts and graphs accompanied by the occasional pencil drawing have been standard issue for generations. Currently the textbook business is a $4 billion-a-year industry; however, with dawn of new technologies and new insight into their true effectiveness, paper textbooks are on the fast track to possible extinction.   Continue Reading...
For years, the path to the classroom was exclusively paved through a program of study in a university-based teacher preparation program and ultimately a teaching license. However, in recent years, various "alternative certification" programs have been developed in order to allow degreed professionals practical avenues to become teachers. With participation in these programs skyrocketing in the last five years, many have speculated that these teachers will leave a lasting impact not only on students, but on the teaching preparation process nationwide.   Continue Reading...
School Districts Selling Ad Space to Raise Revenue
posted by: Alix | November 22, 2011, 11:17 am
In the wake of the crippling recession and its decimating impact on state and local budgets, school districts across the country are searching for innovative ways of raising funds. In a bizarre turn, districts in states like Colorado, Utah, and New Jersey are selling advertisement space on everything from school buses to report cards. While the ideas will certainly be revenue generating, members of the public are beginning to call the moves inappropriate for the public school setting.   Continue Reading...
Virtual Education on the Rise
posted by: Alix | September 13, 2011, 10:57 am
With back-to-school season in full swing, this school year's increase in virtual education programs is noticeable almost nationwide. Currently, 40 states offer or sanction some type of online education for their students, with other states considering proposals ever legislation session. As we look forward to closing achievement gaps in the years ahead, virtual education advocates are calling online learning a solution for students and teachers alike.   Continue Reading...
AAE State Policy Update
posted by: Alix | May 03, 2011, 03:56 pm
As the 2011 legislative session draws to an end, state legislatures across the country are proceeding with bills that seeks to curb union power and implement sweeping education reform. While Wisconsin and Ohio have received the bulk of the media attention, nearly the entire country will see historic changes in the coming year.   Continue Reading...
StudentsFirst Expanding to Include Fellowships
posted by: Alix | April 29, 2011, 09:53 am
StudentsFirst, the new national organization behind education reform efforts across the country, announced this week that they are expanding to include fellowships for teachers. The Michelle Rhee fronted advocacy organization is offering opportunities for current teachers and education reformers to become leaders in the education reform movement via her new senior-level fellowship program.   Continue Reading...
State Education and Labor Policy Developments
posted by: Alix | April 25, 2011, 02:46 pm
As the 2011 legislative session continues, states across the country are proceeding with legislation that seeks to curb union power and implement sweeping education reform. While the developments in Wisconsin and Ohio have seen the most media attention, there are a total of 729 bills currently pending in 48 states dealing with unions and union power, according to a database compiled by the non-partisan National Conference of State Legislatures. While not every state is making national headlines, the enormous amount of legislation is a sign of what will undoubtedly be the largest shift in union power in generations.   Continue Reading...
Education & Labor Reform Legislation Progress
posted by: Alix | April 18, 2011, 12:57 pm
As the legislative session moves full steam ahead, states across the country are proceeding with legislation that seeks to curb union power and implement broad education reform. While the developments in Wisconsin and Ohio have seen the most heated debate, there are a total of 729 bills currently pending in 48 states dealing with unions and collective bargaining, according to a database compiled by the non-partisan National Conference of State Legislatures. While not every state is making national headlines, the sheer volume proves that we are witnessing a monumental shift in union power that we haven't seen in generations.   Continue Reading...
Union Battle Progress
posted by: Alix | April 04, 2011, 11:26 am
Since the news in Wisconsin broke, more than 12 states have adopted similar legislation aimed at curbing union power, advancing education reform policy, and ending forced unionism. The national unions and their state counterparts have proven that regardless of outcomes in the legislature, they will fight on in court- spending countless dollars on organizing ballot initiatives and recalls. Make sure to follow the news in your state by reading AAE's daily blog posts.   Continue Reading...
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