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Global Education Rankings Cast Shadow on U.S. Education System


The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) conducted an international survey of nearly half a million 15-year-old students from 72 countries and economies to determine which countries excel in various educational subjects, and which ones fall behind.


The results of this survey are known as PISA or the Program for International Student Assessment and this particular survey focused on learning about how students compare on a global scale in science.


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DeVos Nominated Secretary of Education
posted by: Alana | November 28, 2016, 01:38 pm
DeVos Nominated Secretary of Education


Last week, President Elect Donald Trump had a big announcement to deliver about his education agenda. Four days after meeting with the President Elect, Betsy DeVos, 58, has been nominated to serve as the next U.S. Secretary of Education. Who is Betsy DeVos you might ask? A high-profile advocate for school choice, Ms. DeVos is chair of the American Federation for Children, a Washington, D.C.-based organization devoted to expanding school of choice options across the country. She also sits on the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education.


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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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Reform Matters: October 13, 2016
posted by: Alana | October 14, 2016, 12:18 pm
TAKE ACTION IN SUPPORT OF CHARTER SCHOOLS This Saturday, the NAACP Board of Directors is meeting to vote on a resolution proposing a moratorium on new public charter schools. The proposed resolution would ultimately reduce educational opportunities for African-American students, many of whom come from low-income families.The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is requesting charter school advocates call the NAACP and let them know that these schools are working for African-American students in our country. Call (202) 759-6227 now to be connected to the NAACP.For many urban families, charter schools are making it possible to do what affluent families have long been able to do: send their child to a successful school. We need to act now to protect charter schools! Call (202) 759-6227 and ask the NAACP to vote against a moratorium on charter schools!   Continue Reading...
Experts Say These Are the Top 16 Priorities in Education
posted by: Alana | September 14, 2016, 02:47 pm
Bellwether Education Partners (BEP) is a nonprofit dedicated to helping education organizations in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors become more effective in their work and achieve dramatic results, especially for high-need students.   Continue Reading...
Teacher Home Visits: The Wave of the Future?
posted by: Alana | April 27, 2016, 02:36 pm


Teachers and administrators know it’s not just the time spent in the classroom that counts but the social and emotional learning that takes place at home and outside the classroom, too.


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Parents Slingshot Tenure into Minnesota Spotlight
posted by: Alana | April 18, 2016, 03:32 pm


Four mothers in Minnesota have united behind one common goal: to demand that the state reconsider teacher tenure laws that restrict students’ rights to a “thorough and efficient education” as outlined in the state’s constitution.


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Vocational Education is Making a Comeback
posted by: Alana | April 13, 2016, 03:50 pm


The next big thing in education might very well be a revival of career and technical education (CTE) according to the latest study from the Fordham Institute.


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Guest Post By: Sandi Jacobs With Congress having reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act earlier this year, there’s been a lot of celebration from some camps and hand wringing from others over the future of teacher evaluation. There is a perception that life under “ESSA” will mean that states will no longer embrace the commitments they only recently made to introduce more meaningful teacher evaluation systems.


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Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) are becoming an increasingly hot-button issue for education advocates all across America – perhaps none more so than those in Arizona. ESAs allow parents to use some of the public finding earmarked for their child to pay for school-related services and tuitions. Despite push back from the status quo, a new report by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice reveals the truth about how ESAs are helping students.


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AAE Releases 2016 National Member Survey
posted by: Alix | March 03, 2016, 12:00 am


Today, AAE released its 2016 National Membership Survey on the nation’s most pressing education issues. We're proud to showcase member views and share our findings with policymakers and stakeholders on all levels.


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AAE Chapter Leader Selected to be Chamber Panelist
posted by: Alana | February 19, 2016, 06:19 pm


Dr. Michele Ballentine-Linch, executive director of AAE’s Arkansas state chapter, has been chosen to participate in the State of Arkansas’s Chamber of Commerce annual leadership program, Leadership Arkansas next week on February 25th.


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New Vision for Teacher Professionalism
posted by: Melissa | February 01, 2016, 10:59 am


There’s an interesting discussion going on among those interested in elevating the teaching profession.  What would a fully professional teaching force look like and what would it take to get there?  Advocacy groups on all sides have weighed in and buzz words and phrases often bandied about include “performance pay,” “career ladder,” and “autonomy,” but even the exact meaning of those words is often debated.


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This One's Easy: Send us Your #SchoolChoice Selfie!
posted by: Alana | January 29, 2016, 02:51 pm
National School Choice Week 2016 is almost over! Help AAE end the week strong by sending us your #SchoolChoice selfie!   Continue Reading...
Reform Matters: January 11, 2016
posted by: Alix | January 11, 2016, 05:19 pm
Reform Matters: January 11, 2016
A Publication of the Association of American Educators Volume 4, Issue 10: January 11, 2016 #IStandWithRebecca


BREAKING: Today has been a big day for educators nationwide. Oral arguments in the Friedrichs  vs. CTA et. al. U.S. Supreme Court case were heard today to decide whether or not compulsory union fees infringe on a teacher's freedom of speech rights. The decision, expected this spring, could potentially end the practice of forced unionism for educators nationwide. Click here to read the legal transcripts fresh from the court room.


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By Jeanne Allen


Labor unions have emerged in the past 40 years as one of the biggest power brokers on all social policy issues concerning the education of our youth. While their involvement was once intricately linked to teacher professionalism and school success, today they are locked in a mindset that is focused almost entirely on protecting collective bargaining rights and ensuring that tenure, seniority and uniform pay scales dictate who gets paid what, and who stays and goes in the classroom. Indeed, these issues are at the heart of the imminent oral arguments taking place at the U.S. Supreme Court this Monday, January 11 at 10 am. In Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association et al., ten public school teachers are asking the High Court to strike down Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, a 1977 case that sanctioned agency shop rules that permit unions to dock a teacher's pay regardless of whether they want to be a member of a union and represented in union activities. Laws in 23 states require workers who decline to join a union to pay fees anyway. These and other teachers around the country believe that this legal structure is anathema to teacher freedom and a violation of First Amendment rights.


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Friedrichs vs. CTA: The Latest
posted by: Alana | January 07, 2016, 03:47 pm
 Friedrichs vs. CTA: The Latest


Wondering what the latest is on the Friedrichs case? Bookmark this page for the best resources and latest updates on the case!

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School Choice Is Good for Teachers, Too
posted by: Alana | January 07, 2016, 10:56 am

By Doug Tuthill


“As choice expands, teachers will see more opportunities to create and/or work in educational models that hew to their vision and values, maximize their expertise, and result in better outcomes for students.” With her recent passing, Marva Collins is being remem¬bered for her glorious educational crusade to turn around the lives of low-income black children in Chicago. It’s also worth remembering how she chose to do this. She cashed in her teacher pension savings in the 1970s to start her own private school. With it, she combined a no-excuses attitude with high standards, strict discipline, and love—and got amazing results with limited resources.


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Reform Matters: December 17, 2015
posted by: Alix | December 17, 2015, 09:58 am
 A Publication of the Association of American Educators Volume 4, Issue 9: December 16, 2015 Don't Miss Our Video!

Welcome to the Association of American Educators' online publication, Reform Matters! This education reform-focused publication features both original AAE content and a compilation of the latest news from the growing education reform community.


Feel free to forward this on to colleagues, or encourage them to join our email list. We hope that you will provide us with feedback and consider submitting an article or study for consideration.    Note: We are proud to be member-driven and only take positions on issues based on member surveys. The studies, articles, and policies showcased in this newsletter have not necessarily been endorsed by AAE; however, by sharing new and innovative trends in education policy, we hope to educate and empower our members by examining new possibilities in education.   Continue Reading...
NCLB Overhaul One Step Away from Official
posted by: Alana | December 09, 2015, 04:36 pm


After passing in the U.S. House on December 2nd by a vote of 359-64, the U.S. Senate today officially passed the buck on the Every Student Succeeds Act (S. 1177) to President Obama’s desk by a vote of 85-12, where it awaits final approval.


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