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We’re still a year out from the election and the 2016 battle for the White House is already in full swing. Despite the daily headlines, one issue isn’t getting much attention from the current slate of candidates on either side of the aisle– K12 education.

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Kimie Snapp Promotes the Arts with AAEF Grant
posted by: Melissa | February 28, 2014, 03:11 pm

Every fall and spring, we’re honored to award grants to teachers around the country.  When we select which grants to award, one of the deliverables we consider is how great the need is.  It’s no secret that funding for the arts in public schools has been disappearing as budgets remain stagnant.  That’s why we were so pleased to be able to offer a grant to Kimie Snapp.

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Unpaid Meal Tabs Cause Problems for Schools
posted by: Ruthie | February 13, 2014, 02:13 pm

Thousands of students are offered free or reduced lunches based on federal guidelines. However, recent incidences in Utah reveal a growing problem regarding unpaid meals tabs and how to prevent students from going hungry.

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Unified Dues: More than Teachers Bargain For
posted by: Alix | September 16, 2013, 11:46 am
In right-to-work states or in communities where union membership is entirely voluntary, teachers and education employees often join their local National Education Association (NEA) affiliate thinking they are advancing their profession and protecting their interests, without the union baggage. Drawn in by the promises of a "united voice" and "dues staying at the state level," busy teachers often get more than they bargained for when joining these self-proclaimed "professional associations."   Continue Reading...
Utah Issues Letter Grades to Public Schools
posted by: Alix | September 05, 2013, 11:10 am
During the 2013 legislative season, the state of Utah passed SB721 in an effort to foster a culture of transparency in public schools. Similar to bills in 15 other states, the new law measures various sources and awards an easy-to-understand letter grade to all public schools. According to a report, 55% of Utah's 855 public schools earned either an A or a B grade. Just 14% of schools earned a D or an F.   Continue Reading...
AAE Staff Attends Education Congressional Hearing
posted by: Ruthie | February 05, 2013, 03:14 pm
Today, AAE staff had the pleasure of attending the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing in Washington, D.C. The full committee hearing explored the challenges and opportunities facing America's workforce and K-12 students.   Continue Reading...
AAE is pleased to announce the launch of our charter-focused website: www.AAECharters.org just in time for National Charter Schools Week. The new site is geared toward charter school administrators, leaders, teachers, and associations searching for timely updates and research on issues affecting the public charter school community.   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...
The Decline of Textbooks
posted by: Alix | March 01, 2012, 03:15 pm
Teachers in the classroom today all remember being issued their textbooks in grade school year after year. Decades old charts and graphs accompanied by the occasional pencil drawing have been standard issue for generations. Currently the textbook business is a $4 billion-a-year industry; however, with dawn of new technologies and new insight into their true effectiveness, paper textbooks are on the fast track to possible extinction.   Continue Reading...
Teacher Union Decline by State
posted by: Alix | February 09, 2012, 02:10 pm
Since the labor battles of 2011 and the growing push for education reform nationwide, pundits and education experts from across the political spectrum have predicted massive membership and financial losses for teacher labor unions in the coming years. While there have been media reports about union lay-offs and budget shortfalls, new data for the Bureau of Labor Statistics sheds light on total membership losses by percentage in some very unlikely states.   Continue Reading...
Teacher Choice Spotlight: Virtual School Teacher
posted by: Alix | January 24, 2012, 02:30 pm
This week is National School Choice Week – a national movement of grassroots organizations calling for more educational options. Here at AAE, we support National School Choice Week because we support educators in all settings and encourage teachers to pursue the school and setting best suited to their needs and interest.   Continue Reading...
Welcome to National School Choice Week 2012!
posted by: Alix | January 23, 2012, 03:10 pm
This week is National School Choice Week – a national movement of grassroots organizations calling for more educational options. AAE supports National School Choice Week because we support educators in all settings and applauds their individual choices about where they practice their profession.   Continue Reading...
Gary Beckner op-ed on School Choice 2012
posted by: Alix | January 19, 2012, 09:21 am
AAE Executive Director Gary Beckner op-ed on school choice options as featured on the Washington Times website:   Continue Reading...
School Districts Selling Ad Space to Raise Revenue
posted by: Alix | November 22, 2011, 11:17 am
In the wake of the crippling recession and its decimating impact on state and local budgets, school districts across the country are searching for innovative ways of raising funds. In a bizarre turn, districts in states like Colorado, Utah, and New Jersey are selling advertisement space on everything from school buses to report cards. While the ideas will certainly be revenue generating, members of the public are beginning to call the moves inappropriate for the public school setting.   Continue Reading...
Today, AAE and the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools (UAPCS) announce a new partnership to support Utah's charter school teachers. Teachers and other employees of member schools of UAPCS are eligible to join AAE for a great low price – only $160 per year. This is a great opportunity for charter school teachers who are looking for membership in a pro-charter teacher organization.   Continue Reading...
Ms. Delaina Tonks, a teacher at the Open High School of Utah, was awarded a classroom grant to provide her entire school with subscriptions to a cutting-edge presentation website. The online service known as, "Sliderocket," allows students and teachers alike to share information and presentations in real time and is particularly useful among online school communities.   Continue Reading...
Virtual Education on the Rise
posted by: Alix | September 13, 2011, 10:57 am
With back-to-school season in full swing, this school year's increase in virtual education programs is noticeable almost nationwide. Currently, 40 states offer or sanction some type of online education for their students, with other states considering proposals ever legislation session. As we look forward to closing achievement gaps in the years ahead, virtual education advocates are calling online learning a solution for students and teachers alike.   Continue Reading...
Ms. Stephanie Proud, a teacher at Providence Hall Charter School in Herriman, Utah, was awarded an AAEF scholarship to outfit her classroom with new writing supplies. The funding will allow Ms. Proud to create a permanent writing center in the classroom, complete with a post office, a variety of writing utensils and materials, including individual whiteboards, student journals, and bookmaking supplies. AAE Director of Professional Development Jill Newell was on hand to deliver her certificate personally alongside her principal.   Continue Reading...
Utah District Bucks Union
posted by: Alix | July 19, 2011, 01:13 pm
Utah's Ogden School District is a small district just north of Salt Lake City. A charming community with less than 1,000 teachers, Ogden is making news for its school board's decision to bypass local union negotiations in favor of sending individual contracts to teachers for the upcoming school year. While the move has obviously infuriated the local union, the move has been described as not only a trend in teacher negotiations, but the future of how policymakers and school districts will communicate with teachers, especially in areas with hostile and uncompromising unions.   Continue Reading...
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