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Union Battles in the States
posted by: Alix | March 28, 2011, 11:18 am
It has been a busy few months for AAE and our state affiliates. More than 12 states are in various stages of advancing laws that deal with curbing union power, advancing education reform, and ending forced unionism. The unions have proved that regardless of whether or not they win battles in the legislature, they will take the fight to the courts and potential ballot initiatives in the next election cycle.   Continue Reading...
Performance Pay Developments
posted by: Alix | March 22, 2011, 10:25 am
Performance pay continues to be one of the most hot-button education reform policies being proposed by reformers and lawmakers across the country. Last week, Senate Bill 736 passed in Florida and it is now awaiting Governor Scott's signature. Among other broad reforms, the Florida bill is one of the most progressive in terms of performance pay, also known as merit pay. It requires 50 percent of a teacher's evaluation to be based on state standardized tests or other national, local, or industry measures for those subjects not gauged at the state level and evaluations are based on four distinct levels of teacher performance.   Continue Reading...
Union Legislation Spreads across the U.S.
posted by: Alix | March 21, 2011, 03:09 pm
The fight in Wisconsin is far from over. Last week, Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi issued a temporary restraining order barring the new law until she can rule whether Republicans violated Wisconsin's open meetings law. While this is a setback for the Wisconsin legislation, other states are following Governor Walker's lead and are in various stages of pushing labor reform legislation.   Continue Reading...
Partner Planning
posted by: Jill | March 17, 2011, 08:41 am

Have you ever tried lesson planning with a teacher who is teaching the same or similar classes with you? For some teachers it works, for others it is torture. Yet certainly it's worth a try in order to identify your best practices as a teacher, whether or not partner planning becomes an often-used instrument on your educator toolbelt.

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Reform Bill Moves Closer to Passing in Florida
posted by: Alix | March 11, 2011, 04:15 pm
In the wake of union-crippling legislation in Wisconsin, signed into law today, legislatures across the country are in various stages of passing their own bills that encourage education reforms and sweeping changes to union monopolies. This week Florida is making headlines for moving one step closer to their own bold law that encourages bold education reforms.   Continue Reading...
Wisconsin May Be Just the Beginning
posted by: Alix | February 21, 2011, 10:24 pm
Governors who swept into power in state houses this year with promises to cut spending and bring business to depressed states are now beginning to usher in a new era of labor relations that could result in the largest reduction of power to public sector unions in generations.   Continue Reading...

Ms. Sherry Bergeron, a teacher at St. Mark's Episcopal Academy in Cocoa and an AAE member, was awarded an AAEF scholarship to attend the Florida Educational Technology Conference in Orlando next week. AAE National Membership Director Paula Jackson-Eaglin was on hand to deliver her certificate personally.

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A recent report by the Education Intelligence Agency sheds light on the financial disclosures of the National Education Association in the 2009-2010 fiscal year. The analysis reveals that the NEA spent $13 million dollars of member dues on a wide array of left-leaning advocacy groups and charities.

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Governors’ Tough Talk on Tenure
posted by: Alix | January 18, 2011, 11:42 am
Last week in State of the State addresses in New Jersey, Idaho, and Florida, tough talking governors focused on education reform proposals all centered on eliminating tenure for public school teachers. With the issue of tenure making headlines lately, the support for elimination has been gaining steam nationwide.   Continue Reading...
Gary Beckner op-ed on School Choice
posted by: Alix | January 12, 2011, 10:53 am
AAE Executive Director Gary Beckner op-ed on National School Choice Week as featured on Townhall Magazine's website:   Continue Reading...
Virtual Students Used to Train Future Teachers
posted by: Alix | January 06, 2011, 12:48 pm
With the call for school reform, there has been a lot of buzz on reforming and enhancing teacher education as well. With advancing technologies, online learning plans have been gaining ground all over the country. Two new virtual education programs called TeachME and simSchool have been gaining praise as innovative ways to prepare student teachers for real-life classroom experiences.   Continue Reading...
Greatest Hits & Biggest Misses in Education 2010
posted by: Alix | December 27, 2010, 10:32 am
As we wrap up 2010, websites and magazines of all topics are releasing their annual "best-of" lists. People in the education reform world are no different. This week, the Hoover Institution released its best and worst lists for 2010:   Continue Reading...
Education Leaders Unite
posted by: Alix | December 03, 2010, 08:51 am
On the heels of this week's Foundation for Excellence in Education conference in Washington D.C., the group has announced the formation of a new alliance of education reformers called the "Chiefs for Change". Comprised of education leaders throughout the country, they are committed to providing a strong voice for reforms on the federal, state, and local level.   Continue Reading...
Winners for the fall AAEF Teacher Scholarship and Classroom Grants competition have been announced.   Continue Reading...
New Developments in the Class Size Debate
posted by: Alix | November 30, 2010, 11:21 am
A few years ago, class size seemed to be one of the most talked about classroom policies. Smaller class sizes would lessen the load on an educator and give students a more individualized classroom experience, right? Well, just as fast as class sizes went down, they are now creeping back up and gaining attention in certain states struggling with budget shortfalls.   Continue Reading...
All-Star Education Reform Lineup Speaks at Harvard
posted by: Alix | November 23, 2010, 11:32 am
Last week some of the best-known names in education reform converged for a round-table discussion at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. The moderator, former Secretary of Education under President George W. Bush, Margaret Spellings told the crowd, "It's like we have Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, and Tina Turner together on the same stage," referring to the panel. Former Washington, D.C., chancellor of schools Michelle Rhee, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, and former Clinton White House chief of staff John Podesta called for teacher accountability and school reform in their discussion entitled, "Strange Bedfellows: The Politics of Education and the Future of Reform".   Continue Reading...
Federal & State Education Policy Changes Coming
posted by: Alix | November 04, 2010, 10:45 am
In the aftermath of a historic shift in power, pundits and citizens across the country are making predictions about which changes this new crop of lawmakers will have in store for K-12 education policy. Shockwaves will be felt nationally as well as at the state and local levels.   Continue Reading...
Creative Teachers Use Technology to Enhance Education
posted by: Steph | June 22, 2010, 09:20 am

Teachers attempting to integrate technology into their classrooms have a number of obstacles to overcome (see earlier blog post, How Much Does Technology Advance Classroom Learning?), but they also have the world at their fingertips—literally. A recent article in Education Week describes how teachers across the nation are using technology in innovative and instructive ways.  Continue Reading...

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