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Teacher Tenure in Kansas
posted by: Alix | April 08, 2014, 03:22 pm
This weekend, the Kansas Legislature passed HB 2506, a school funding bill that included policy changes to teacher tenure. Among the many education reform provisions, the state is expected to increase K-12 education spending by 129 million dollars and allow easier paths to the classroom for degreed professionals. Governor Brownback has expressed support for the bill and will most likely sign it into law.   Continue Reading...
Kansas Explores Rigid Teacher Licensure Regulations
posted by: Ruthie | March 04, 2014, 04:28 pm

With an increasing number of schools hiring professionals with previous careers in a variety of industries, requirements for teacher licensure are constantly evolving. In an effort to welcome degreed-professionals into the classroom, many states are considering new alternative certification policies to serve better serve students, particularly in hard-to-staff positions.

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Teachers Rejects State & National Unions in Kansas
posted by: Ruthie | January 23, 2014, 02:52 pm

For the seventh time since 2009, a Kansas school district has voted to decertify their local teachers association from the KNEA and National Education Association (NEA). Spearville, the latest district to vote on such a measure, recently sought the assistance of the Kansas Association of American Educators, an AAE state chapter in order to gain their independence to form a local bargaining unit.

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The Kansas Board of Regents recently reported that students who did not meet minimum requirement for college admission, but were accepted anyway, experienced low retention rates and mixed success in Kansas public colleges.

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Pro-Teacher Legislation in Kansas Gains Steam
posted by: Alix | February 12, 2013, 11:02 am
As reported on the AAE blog, despite record-breaking growth among non-union teacher organizations, local AAE recruiters and state chapters have experienced tremendous hurdles in establishing equal treatment among competing associations. Whether it is the inability to attend a new teacher orientation or access to school mailboxes, non-union associations are constantly passed over in favor of the interests of powerful teacher union interests. Despite this climate, there is renewed hope for teachers seeking options in Kansas, as House Bill 2221 was recently introduced to promote an equal playing field for all teacher associations.   Continue Reading...
Study: Classroom Design Matters
posted by: Ruthie | January 07, 2013, 02:04 pm
For years, researchers have understood that the classroom environment can have an effect on student learning. Whether that means having a comfortable chair, a great desk, or a place to get some exercise, teachers and students both need functional spaces to teach and learn. According to a recent study, school design can impact student learning by as much as 25% in early grades.   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...
Since AAE's founding in 1994, our association and state partners have been met with harsh opposition from both the NEA and its state affiliates. False claims about AAE's motives and benefits, coupled with districts shutting out non-union groups in favor of the union have been commonplace. AAE members have even been harassed and blackballed for supporting the non-union option. In states such as Colorado, Idaho, Kansas and Utah, non-union groups have been on the front lines of seeking equal treatment as their union counterparts.   Continue Reading...
Teacher Pensions Underfunded
posted by: Alix | March 19, 2012, 09:58 am
For generations, the public school teacher retirement system has functioned as a back-ended plan where teachers receive a modest salary in exchange for lifetime benefits and a guaranteed pension. However, the shifting demographics of the profession coupled with financial realities has led many states to question the sustainability of the current model.   Continue Reading...
Differentiated Instruction Training in Arkansas
posted by: Jill | May 25, 2011, 09:37 am
The Arkansas State Teachers Association (ASTA) recently held a Differentiated Instruction (DI) Training at the Dawson Education Cooperative located in Arkadelphia. AAE director of professional development, Jill Newell, lead the workshop.   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...
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...
Wisconsin Passes Labor Bill
posted by: Alix | March 10, 2011, 07:38 pm

After a month of union led protests, national media attention, walk-outs, and closed schools, Republicans in the Wisconsin state Senate and Assembly have finally approved Governor Scott Walker’s budget repair bill. The Governor is expected to sign it imminently.

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Mr. Andrew Palmer, a teacher at Lathrop Middle School in Kansas City, Missouri and longtime AAE member, was one of the many deserving educators to receive a national grant from the AAE Foundation last month. Mr. Palmer teaches 7th and 8th grade reading and applied for a grant to supplement his classroom library.   Continue Reading...
Bentonville, Arkansas. Whole Hog Café. Differentiated Instruction. Three of my favorites. And three entities worth checking out. Of course, since this is a blog about professional development, I will refrain (mostly) from talking about the two former items and focus on the latter.   Continue Reading...
AAE Federal Update October 25, 2010
posted by: Alix | October 25, 2010, 12:00 am
DoEd Addresses Bullying EpidemicIn the wake of two recent suicides in connection to bullying, school systems across the country are reevaluating their policies relating to school discipline and harassment.   Continue Reading...
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