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AAE Federal Update August 6, 2012
posted by: Alix | August 06, 2012, 03:04 pm
Department of Education Announces August is "Connected Educators Month" Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced August 2012 is "Connected Educator Month," a month-long exploration and celebration of online communities and networks dedicated to broadening and deepening educator participation in learning and sharing. The push toward connecting through technology is designed to bring online community and education leaders together to move towards a more fully connected and collaborative profession.   Continue Reading...
AAE Federal Update July 24, 2012
posted by: Alix | July 24, 2012, 02:22 pm
President Obama Calls for $1 Billion "Master Teachers" ProgramFollowing a renewed commitment to education and teacher quality policy that began earlier this year, the Obama administration this week unveiled plans to create an elite corps of master teachers with the stated goal of ushering in a new era of respect and retention for the profession. The program is projected to cost $1 billion and is designed to recruit and retain teachers with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experience.   Continue Reading...
AAE Federal Update July 10, 2012
posted by: Alix | July 10, 2012, 10:17 am

President Obama Signs Student Loan Interest Bill into Law

Last Friday, President Obama signed into law a bill that he says will create or save millions of jobs and help millions of college students with rising student loan interest rates. Among the broad provisions, it is designed to rebuild the country's roadways, extend the National Flood Insurance Program and maintain student loan interest rates that were set to double at the beginning of the month.

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AAE Federal Update June 4, 2012
posted by: Larisa | June 04, 2012, 01:22 pm
Eight More States Receive NCLB WaiversLast week, at an event in Connecticut with Governor Dan Malloy and local, state, and federal officials, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that eight additional states- Connecticut, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Rhode Island - will receive flexibility waivers from the mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).   Continue Reading...
AAE Federal Update May 15, 2012
posted by: Alix | May 15, 2012, 05:11 pm

Federal Officials Recognize National Teacher Appreciation Week & National Charter Schools Week

Last week, May 7-11, 2012, was both National Teacher Appreciation Week and  National Charter Schools Week. In recognition, Congress and the Department of Education led the country in efforts to recognize both American teachers and the national charter school movement nationwide.   Continue Reading...
AAE Federal Update May 1, 2012
posted by: Alix | May 01, 2012, 09:16 am
House Approves Student Loan Rate Cut Last Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation authored by Congresswoman Judy Biggert (R-IL) that would prevent a scheduled July 1st interest rate hike on certain federal student loans.  Under a 2007 statute, the interest rate on subsidized Stafford loans to undergraduate students was cut from 6.8% to 3.4%, but interest rates are scheduled to return to previous levels unless Congress acts.  Biggert's legislation, H.R. 4628, the Interest Rate Reduction Act, would extend lower rates for an additional year.  The bill was approved by a vote of 215 to 195, and it now heads to the Senate for consideration.   Continue Reading...
AAE Federal Update April 16, 2012
posted by: Alix | April 16, 2012, 05:44 pm

Funds for Early Learning Earmarked in Competitive Grant Program The Department of Education and Department of Health and Human Services

announced last week that $133 million from the 2012 Race to the Top program will be available so that additional states can make investments in comprehensive early learning education reform.   Continue Reading...
AAE Federal Update March 20, 2012
posted by: Alix | March 20, 2012, 01:32 pm
Secretary Duncan Advocates for Tech Advances At the South by Southwest Education (SXSWedu) conference in Austin, Texas, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told the crowd in a widely-attended speech that implementing new technologies and outfitting schools with new tech-friendly equipment will be the key to future success in our country.  "The future of American education undoubtedly includes a laptop on every desk and universal internet access in every home," Secretary Duncan said, "But a great teacher at the front of the classroom will still make the biggest difference in the lives of our students."   Continue Reading...
AAE Federal Update February 28, 2012
posted by: Alix | February 28, 2012, 10:00 am

Department of Education Unveils RESPECT Initiative Included in the Obama administration's 2013 proposed budget is a new $5 billion competitive program to challenge states and school districts to work with various stakeholders in an effort to comprehensively reform the field of teaching. Entitled RESPECT, the proposal seeks to touch on every aspect of teaching from training and tenure to compensation and career opportunities.

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AAE Federal Update February 14, 2012
posted by: Alix | February 14, 2012, 05:59 pm

President Obama Releases 2013 Budget

Yesterday at a community college in northern Virginia, President Obama unveiled his new budget for fiscal year 2013. The $3.8 trillion budget earmarks $69.8 billion in mere discretionary spending for the U.S. Department of Education in the next fiscal year, an increase of $1.7 billion, or 2.5 percent, over the current budget year.

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AAE Federal Update January 31, 2012
posted by: Alix | January 31, 2012, 12:40 pm

Education in State of the Union Address Last week, President Obama spent significant time during the State of the Union address discussing his administration's vision for American education. "Teachers matter," said President Obama in beginning his education remarks. "Instead of bashing them, or defending the status quo let's offer schools a deal. Give them the resources to keep good teachers on the job, and reward the best ones. In return, grant schools flexibility: To teach with creativity and passion; to stop teaching to the test; and to replace teachers who just aren't helping kids learn."

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AAE Federal Update January 9, 2012
posted by: Alix | January 09, 2012, 12:00 am
NCLB Turns 10  After years of controversy, headaches in states and districts, and heated rhetoric from politicians on all sides, No Child Left Behind, the cornerstone piece of federal education legislation turned 10-years-old this week. What began as one of the nation's largest and most publicized pieces of bi-partisan legislation championed by then President George W. Bush and unlikely liberal ally, the late Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) has produced mixed results and long delays in reform for American students and teachers.   Continue Reading...
AAE Federal Update November 22, 2011
posted by: Alix | November 22, 2011, 05:55 pm
The Congressional Supercommittee & the Education Impact With the November 23 deadline looming and the failure of the congressional "supercommittee" to reach a meaningful debt-reduction agreement, automatic spending cuts are now expected for agencies across the federal government. What impact this failure will have on federal education budgets remains to be seen as states will now potentially be forced to deal with dire financial realities.   Continue Reading...
AAE Federal Update November 8, 2011
posted by: Alix | November 08, 2011, 04:31 pm

AAE Releases National Membership Survey

Last week, AAE released its annual member survey about key education issues. Polling member teachers from all fifty states, survey results show progressive stances toward education and labor reform, particularly with regard to school choice, technology, attracting new teachers to the workforce, and collective bargaining.

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AAE Federal Update October 25, 2011
posted by: Alix | October 25, 2011, 01:41 pm

Full-Scale NCLB Overhaul Clears Senate Committee

On the heels of Senator Harkin's (D-IA) decision to ax the major teacher evaluation provision from his No Child Left Behind overhaul draft, and AAE's statement of support for educator accountability, the debate over a comprehensive bill concluded last week on Capitol Hill with a draft of a NCLB re-write clearing committee.

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AAE Federal Update October 11, 2011
posted by: Alix | October 10, 2011, 12:00 am

Senate Tries Their Hand at NCLB Overhaul As the House of Representatives takes the bill-by-bill approach to a No Child Left Behind overhaul, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, is putting the final touches on a large scale bill to reauthorize nearly ten-year-old federal education law. According to insiders, he has been negotiating on the proposal with Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY) for months and while the plan is not set to be released until next week, details are emerging quickly.

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AAE Federal Update September 28, 2011
posted by: Alix | September 28, 2011, 09:05 am

Obama Administration Releases NCLB Waiver Proposal  

With reauthorization of No Child Left Behind taking much longer than expected, President Obama announced on Friday that his administration will begin to allow targeted waivers to individual states to provide regulatory relief under the current federal system with caveats to include levels of accountability.   Continue Reading...

AAE Federal Update September 13, 2011
posted by: Alix | September 13, 2011, 12:00 am
House Passes First Education Reform Bill

Last week, President Obama made a speech before a joint session of Congress to gain support for his new $447 billion jobs bill to be introduced sometime this week. Among the many new spending initiatives, the president spent significant time discussing education and increased investments in hiring new teachers and modernizing schools with improvements and technology.

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AAE Federal Update August 31, 2011
posted by: Alix | August 31, 2011, 10:18 am

Department of Education Releases Final Guidelines for Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge

Following 2010's federal Race to the Top competitive grant program, the Department of Education has once again flagged an estimated $700 million for an additional round of state-level grants. This year, the Obama administration plans to focus the majority of the funds on the nation's youngest students with their Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge. The final guidelines of the program were released last week.

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AAE Federal Update August 17, 2011
posted by: Alix | August 17, 2011, 09:52 am

Secretary Duncan Takes Action on NCLB 


With the arrival of the new school year and the President Obama-backed deadline to overhaul No Child Left Behind expiring, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced plans last week to issue accountability waivers to individual states in exchange for reforms. While the waiver plan has loomed over legislators in Congress all summer, the debt-ceiling fiasco took precedence over any meaningful progress on education. Now that legislators are home for August recess, it's clear that a congressional solution is at least months away.   Continue Reading...
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