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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...
Reform Matters: June 25, 2014
posted by: Alix | June 26, 2014, 12:00 am
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...
AAE’s 2014 National Membership Survey
posted by: Alix | February 03, 2014, 06:22 pm
Today, AAE released its 2014 Membership Survey about high-profile education and labor policies. Survey results show progressive stances toward education and labor reform, particularly with regard to education spending, school choice, technology, safety in schools, Common Core State Standards, and collective bargaining.   Continue Reading...
Philadelphia Teachers Feel the Pinch of Budget Cuts
posted by: Ruthie | June 10, 2013, 02:12 pm
As reported on the AAE Blog, there is a pension crisis brewing across the country. In large cities including Milwaukee, Cleveland, and Philadelphia, law makers are struggling to find long term solutions to chronically underfunded pension and benefit accounts. As previously stated, Milwaukee and Cleveland have devised plans to spread the burden of teacher pensions on taxpayers, teachers, and the school districts, while Philadelphia has yet to come up with a feasible plan. Due to inactivity, teachers across the city were laid off this week due to budget cuts.   Continue Reading...
The Teacher Pension Crisis: Is There a Solution?
posted by: Ruthie | June 07, 2013, 10:39 am
Teacher pensions are in danger in many states. Educators deserve a secure retirement; however, lawmakers have for years promised benefits that the system cannot afford. According to some estimates, America's pensions are underfunded by nearly one trillion dollars. This reality has caused experts to debate who is at fault, and what can be done to create a solvent system.   Continue Reading...
AAE Releases 2013 Member Survey
posted by: Ruthie | February 04, 2013, 03:07 pm
Today the 2013 annual membership survey was released by the Association of American Educators. The survey was conducted this fall, polling AAE members from all 50 states on issues relating to education and labor reform.   Continue Reading...
NBC Holds 3rd Annual Education Nation
posted by: Alix | September 24, 2012, 09:41 am
Education in America takes center stage as NBC News kicks off the third annual Education Nation summit this week. The event is a chance for some of the leading minds in the country to work together toward meaningful education reform.   Continue Reading...
Union-Owned Insurance Trust Declines Under Teacher Choice
posted by: Alix | April 16, 2012, 02:43 pm
In 2011, Wisconsin's fight over collective bargaining was the number one domestic story. From protests at the capitol to high-profile lawsuits, the battle to close budget shortfalls and curb union power is still gaining headlines in the state. In the latest development, WEA Trust, the health care insurer that has covered as many as two-thirds of Wisconsin school districts under strict collective bargaining agreements, has seen its revenue decline almost $70 million after a new law gave school districts the freedom to switch health care insurers to save funds.   Continue Reading...
New Study: Teachers Supportive of Education Reforms
posted by: Alix | March 30, 2012, 12:17 pm
Over the years, AAE membership surveys have covered a wide range of education policy issues and have often been critical in dispelling union-led perceptions that teachers are unsupportive of commonsense reforms. According to a new survey released by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in collaboration with Scholastic Education, the trend is in fact growing and teachers are embracing key education reforms like never before.   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...
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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AFT Triples Liberal Advocacy Spending in 2011
posted by: Alix | February 14, 2012, 11:42 am
A recent report by the union watchdog group, the Education Intelligence Agency, sheds new light on the financial disclosures of the American Federation of Teachers in the 2010-2011 fiscal year. The analysis reveals that the AFT spent an astonishing $7.8 million of member dues on a wide array of left-leaning advocacy groups, charities, and big labor organizations–more than triple the amount spent last year.   Continue Reading...
NEA State Affiliates “Financially Distressed”
posted by: Alix | February 07, 2012, 11:41 am
In the wake of last year's labor battles in Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ohio, 2012 is shaping up to mark a new era in curtailed teacher union power. While it might seem difficult to believe that the National Education Association and its state affiliates, at their peak a $1.5 billion annual powerhouse, could be suffering from money troubles, new evidence suggests deep trouble for the NEA and state affiliates.   Continue Reading...
Mayor Bloomberg Proposes Bold Reforms for the Big Apple
posted by: Alix | January 13, 2012, 05:53 pm
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered his annual State of City address this week, and in it, described a new bold vision for education in the Big Apple. As the largest school system in the United States with over one million teachers and students, the plan is being hailed as a big step that will likely usher in a new era of reform in the city.   Continue Reading...
AAE in the News: AAE Featured in the Connecticut Post
posted by: Alix | January 06, 2012, 03:54 pm
AAE Executive Director Gary Beckner letter to the editor as featured on the The Connecticut Post website:   Continue Reading...
All Eyes on Ohio and Issue 2 Referendum
posted by: Alix | November 07, 2011, 05:42 pm
What started in February as a battle over budget shortfalls and forced unionism has grown into a full scale ballot referendum in the key swing state of Ohio. The question known as "Issue 2" will ask voters to either accept or reject a sweeping collective bargaining law that Governor John Kasich signed in March, less than three months after his election day. Tomorrow, Ohioans will go to the polls to vote on the referendum, a case study in the near nationwide debate over union power and the sustainability of the current collective bargaining system.   Continue Reading...
Unions Take Education and Labor Battles to Courts
posted by: Alix | September 27, 2011, 05:04 pm

2011 is shaping up to be the year of education and labor reform nearly nationwide. In March, 48 states were considering labor reform bills on the heels of major Republican gains in state legislatures across the country. What started as legislative progress and meaningful education reform in states like Indiana, Florida, and Idaho, has yielded an unprecedented backlash from unions who are literally fighting for their very survival in long drawn out court battles that are leaving many commonsense policies in limbo.

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