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JUST RELEASED: 2015 National Employee Freedom Week Survey
posted by: Alana | August 18, 2015, 05:31 pm

This week marks the third annual National Employee Freedom Week (NEFW) – a week aimed at informing union employees about the freedoms they have to opt out of union membership and the options they have for alternative organizations.

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Welcome to National Employee Freedom Week 2015!
posted by: Alana | August 17, 2015, 05:56 pm

 

National Employee Freedom Week (NEFW) is a national campaign aimed at educating teachers and other employees about their options regarding union membership. NEFW was co-created by AAE and the Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI) because labor unions like the NEA don’t inform their members of their legal rights to opt-out of membership, leaving millions of teachers and other employees completely unaware that they have options.

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Reform Matters: August 12th, 2015
posted by: Alana | August 12, 2015, 03:38 pm
Reform Matters: August 12th, 2015
A Publication of the Association of American Educators Volume 4, Issue 1: August 12, 2015

AAE Sounds Off: Don't Miss Our Education Week Commentary! Education Technology & Blended Learning Teacher Topics Charter Schools, Choice, & Reform Advocacy

 

Welcome to the new school year and 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 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 after our members are surveyed at a majority. 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...
Study: Head Start Provides Mixed Results
posted by: Guest contributor | August 10, 2015, 12:42 pm

By Conner Dunleavy

 

For nearly 50 years, the Head Start program has been providing free preschool programs for low-income Americans. Since the 1960’s the program has seen some 30 million American children pass through it according to an analysis by the Hechinger Report.

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Reform Matters: July 15th, 2015
posted by: Alix | July 16, 2015, 04:39 pm
Reform Matters: July 15th, 2015
A Publication of the Association of American Educators Volume 3, Issue 22: July 15, 2015

 

 

Feel free to forward this email 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 after our members are surveyed at a majority. 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. The Latest from The Hill: No Child Left Behind Congress is busy debating new federal education policy legislation. Stay in the know with these must-read articles:Senate Votes to End Debate on ESEA Rewrite; Final Vote Expected Thursday, Ed Week, 7/15/15Opinion: Replace 'No Child' with 'Success', The Detroit News, 7/13/15Opinion: A-PLUS, A Boon to Students and Parents, National Review, 7/13/15No Child Left Behind Passes in House, Associated Press, 7/8/15 What do you think about the NCLB overhaul? Email AAE!   Continue Reading...

By Conner Dunleavy

 

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has recently started bracing itself for a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. The decision could potentially end the practice of forced unionism from coast to coast allowing educators ultimate control over their paychecks.

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One Step Closer to Replacing NCLB
posted by: Guest contributor | July 10, 2015, 10:55 am

By Conner Dunleavy

 

This Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a Republican-led overhaul of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Long overdue for reauthorization, the vote was very close (218-213) with no Democrats supporting it and 27 Republicans also voting against it.

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By Conner Dunleavy

 

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that it will take up the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case. This landmark case challenges the ability of unions to collect dues from employees who may not wish to be a part of the union or object to the use of their dues on issues which they fundamentally disagree with. This case lays out a First Amendment freedom of speech challenge to the long standing forced unionism policy.

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By Conner Dunleavy

 

A recent study by the American Institute for Research found that 82 percent of new teachers who were trained in vigorous, long-term student teaching programs - such as the program by Chicago-based nonprofit Urban Teacher Residency United - were still in the teaching profession after 5 years on the job.

These findings seem to demonstrate the correlation between longer-term mentorships for new teachers and their ability to effectively perform alone in the classroom.

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Reform Matters: June 3rd, 2015
posted by: Alix | June 03, 2015, 04:11 pm
Reform Matters: June 3rd, 2015
A Publication of the Association of American Educators Volume 3, Issue 19: June 3, 2015 Spotlight: AAE Public Charter School Teachers Speak Out Ms. Becky Baird: "One of the best things about teaching in a charter school is having the freedom to be a master teacher through innovation, high expectations and a level of autonomy teachers in conventional education only dream about. Charter schools allow teachers the freedom to teach using their ingenuity, creativity and energy to focus on content rather than preparing for standardized tests. It's why people go into education in the first place - to teach, teach, teach!" Click here to read more.   Continue Reading...

 

The reauthorization of No Child Left Behind is making big waves among policymakers, journalists, and educators who are eager to see improvements to a policy that for years has left many educators in a teaching gridlock.

To help navigate the torrential downpour of articles coming at teachers at every turn, we’ve done the hard work for you by summarizing the key takeaway points:

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Reform Matters: April 8th, 2015
posted by: Alana | April 08, 2015, 05:20 pm
Reform Matters: April 8th, 2015
Close Reading Using the LoraxNational Charter Schools Week 2015: The Countdown Begins

AAE Blog Roll: Don't forget to bookmark the AAE blog and the AAE Charters blog for original posts on trends in education reform and professional development.

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Maria Montessori is one of the most recognized names in education.  She was the first female physician in Italy and dedicated her life to children.  Quickly moving beyond a child’s physical care,  Montessori developed an interest in education and developed a series of practices that were both rooted in science and revolutionized the way that educators thought about student learning.

 

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Reform Matters: February 25th, 2015
posted by: Alix | February 25, 2015, 05:45 pm
Reform Matters: February 25th, 2015

 

Greetings,The Association of American Educators (AAE), recently released its annual member survey about the nation's most talked-about education and labor policies. Survey results show progressive stances toward education reforms, particularly with regard to school choice, technology, teacher preparation, leadership, and collective bargaining.Following the release of the survey, AAE Executive Director Gary Beckner penned an opinion editorial about the changing teacher sentiments and the disconnect between teacher unions and the growing non-union teacher movement. We hope that you take a moment to examine the results of our policy survey and share the findings with your stakeholders.

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Just this month, Minnesota Teacher of the Year Tom Rademacher wrote a narrative in the Education Post about his experience with the teachers union that bestowed him such a title. And to put it bluntly, despite his support of the union model, his union expose describes a less than enthusiastic account of his involvement.

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Is Virtual Preschool Really a Thing? YES!
posted by: Alana | February 18, 2015, 07:03 pm

 

Amidst discussion of universal preschool, a new form of preschool has emerged out of the tech world - and it’s opening up the doors for school choicer supporters all across the globe.

 

Here’s how it’s supposed to work:

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner issued an executive order yesterday designed to prevent government employees (including teachers) from being forced to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment.

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AAE’s 2015 National Member Survey
posted by: Alix | February 05, 2015, 12:00 am
Today, AAE released its 2015 Membership Survey about the nation's most talked-about education and labor policies. We're thrilled to showcase member opinions and share our findings with policymakers and stakeholders on all levels.   Continue Reading...

 

Yesterday, we packed Capitol Hill to the brink with teachers, students, and parents showing their support for school choice – and you can still join them!

 

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