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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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By Conner Dunleavy


The Collier County Educator’s Association in Florida has threatened to take legal action against School Board Member Kelly Lichter as an attempt to silence her efforts to make local educators aware of their professional options for association membership.


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The Foundation for Excellence in Education released the 2014 Digital Learning Report Card last month. The report details state policies on digital learning based on their alignment to the 10 Elements of High-Quality Digital Learning.

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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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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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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...
AAE Members Testify in Support of Indiana Senate Bill 302
posted by: Alix | January 14, 2015, 09:48 am
Senate Bill 302 was recently introduced in the Indiana State Legislature. According to the language, SB 302 "provides that a teacher who is not a member of the exclusive representative (union) may enter into an employment contract with a school corporation that contains terms that differ from the terms set forth in the collective bargaining agreement."   Continue Reading...
Idaho is Changing the Game in Teacher Pay
posted by: Alana | December 23, 2014, 05:19 pm


In 2012, a bipartisan group of stakeholders uncovered a glaring problem within the Idaho education system. They were losing teachers in drastic numbers to other states and professions offering higher salaries.

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Administrative Bloat: A Growing Problem in the U.S.
posted by: Alana | December 22, 2014, 06:49 pm


Did you know that the United States employs the most non-teacher employees (outside of Denmark) in the entire Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)?

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Out with the Old, in with the New!
posted by: Alana | December 15, 2014, 07:35 pm
Mike Antonucci from the Education Intelligence Agency couldn’t have put it better when he said that for unions to really make great strides on behalf of Millenials in the teaching profession it “would require sacrificing the interests of those in the room for those still outside of the building.”   Continue Reading...
Reform Matters: July 24. 2014
posted by: Alix | July 24, 2014, 04:48 pm
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.   Continue Reading...
Campbell Brown Becomes Tenure Reform Advocate
posted by: Alana | July 24, 2014, 08:53 am
Former television journalist Campbell Brown has become an articulate voice and recognizable face in the fight for commonsense education reform. Her newest ventures relate to tenure reform in some of the country’s most notorious school systems.   Continue Reading...
New Study Links District Spending to Productivity
posted by: Alana | July 15, 2014, 05:17 pm

A new study from the Center for American Progress has been released evaluating the productivity of our nation's schools as it pertains to per-pupil spending.

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NCTQ Releases 2014 Teacher Prep Review Report
posted by: Ruthie | June 17, 2014, 03:05 pm

Today the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) released its annual ranking of teacher prep programs, with US News and World Report as the publisher. The list ranks 1,668 elementary and secondary teacher preparation programs across the country.

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In a victory for education reform in California, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled today that state laws governing teacher tenure protections are unconstitutional.

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Denver Hires Immigrant Teachers
posted by: Ruthie | April 15, 2014, 02:58 pm

The Denver Public School District made headlines this week for reaching out to immigrant graduates who came to the United States illegally as children for their teaching potential. Advocates cite their unique ability to relate to students as a primary goal of this controversial program.

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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...
California Case Over Teacher Tenure Laws Continues
posted by: Ruthie | March 28, 2014, 04:43 pm

The debate continues as nine students in California engage in a lawsuit over teacher tenure policies.

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