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Today, we are pleased to announce AAE’s Wisconsin Teacher Scholarship and Classroom Grant award winners for the fall of 2015.  These 15 teachers embody our core values with their dedication to the field and innovative initiatives.  We couldn’t have chosen better!


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Wisconsin Certification Elections and AAE
posted by: Ruthie | December 23, 2013, 02:38 pm

Last week, voters in 408 Wisconsin districts participated in union certification elections to determine their future representation. According to the results, 19 teachers unions decertified. All told, workers rejected over 70 of 408 school district unions during annual recertification elections.

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Wisconsin Bill Aims to Increase Physical Activity
posted by: Ruthie | December 10, 2013, 12:35 pm

Between numerous changes to school lunch programs and First Lady Michelle Obama’s various healthy student initiatives, lawmakers and local schools are continuing to work toward programs that encourage healthy eating and exercise. In Wisconsin, Representative Chad Weininger of Green Bay is proposing a bill requiring elementary students to have at least thirty minutes of physical activity daily.

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Along with our national scholarships and grants, AAE also provides scholarships and grants in the areas where we have state chapters.  Today, we’re proud to announce the winners for our newest state chapter in Wisconsin, with 15 teachers each receiving funding for varied educational projects and pursuits.

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Wisconsin Schools Join Farm-to-School Movement
posted by: Ruthie | November 04, 2013, 02:46 pm


Farm-to-table restaurants are growing in popularity as increasing numbers of Americans see the value in farm-fresh produce and the opportunity to support the local agrarian economy. In northeastern Wisconsin farmers are taking their produce to schools, launching a farm-to-school movement in nearby school districts.

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Earlier this week, Wisconsin's Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas held the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission in contempt for enforcing Act 10 by permitting recertification elections for teacher unions around the state. The decision could potentially affect thousands of educators who have already fled the union in favor of professional alternatives.

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NEA Membership Numbers Show Continued Decline
posted by: Ruthie | July 16, 2013, 10:16 am
Following an eventful 2013 annual conference, the NEA's official membership numbers have hit the internet. According to the Education Intelligence Agency, the NEA has lost over 9% of its members nationwide. The 2011-12 school year absorbed the sharpest decline, with almost 104,000 fewer members in the ranks from the previous year. However, the losses continued by more than 41,000 members in the just-concluded 2012-13 school year.   Continue Reading...
Federal Update November 7, 2012
posted by: Ruthie | November 07, 2012, 02:51 pm
The 2012 Election: The Education ImpactThe votes are in and the people have spoken. President Obama's re-election means four more years of unprecedented federal education spending and education reform-minded competitive grants. As the dust settles on the 2012 election, experts are predicting a continuation of an active Department of Education and changes to some controversial state education laws.   Continue Reading...
The 2012 Election: The Education Impact
posted by: Ruthie | November 07, 2012, 02:30 pm
The votes are in and the people have spoken. President Obama's re-election means four more years of unprecedented federal education spending and education reform-minded competitive grants. As the dust settles on the 2012 election, experts are predicting a continuation of an active Department of Education and changes to some controversial state education laws.   Continue Reading...
“Are teachers or anyone in the private sector experiencing those increases in times of financial hardship?" AAE Executive Director Gary Beckner featured in article about union boss salaries being nearly 10 times that of the average teacher:   Continue Reading...
The Declining Popularity of Teacher Labor Unions
posted by: Alix | June 07, 2012, 10:58 am
This week's recall election has thrust union special interests and teacher freedoms back into the national dialogue like never before. After a bitter campaign and an estimated $60 million spent on election efforts, the commanding win for Governor Walker illustrates an overwhelming shift in public opinion against teachers unions. As the dust settles on this historic election, it's no coincidence that according to a new public opinion poll, teacher unions nationally are reaching all-time low approval levels.   Continue Reading...
NEA Currently 4th Largest Super PAC Contributor
posted by: Alix | April 27, 2012, 02:51 pm
With education and labor issues being hotly debated across the country and the rise of "super" Political Action Committees (PACs), insiders have predicted that 2012 election spending will reach record levels. Beaten down after over two solid years of negative press, declining membership, and legislative and legal battles, the National Education Association is seeking to come back with a vengeance in 2012. The nation's largest union is currently being tracked as the 4th largest national super PAC contributor.   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...
Ms. Ashley Favorite, a teacher at the Lac du Flambeau Public School in Wisconsin, has been awarded a scholarship by the Association of American Educators Foundation to supplement the cost of tuition for graduate courses at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Ms. Favorite is pursuing a Master of Science Degree in Education with a focus on reading education; while both teaching fulltime and maintaining a 4.0 grade point average.   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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Wisconsin NEA Affiliate In the National Spotlight
posted by: Alix | August 16, 2011, 01:12 pm
Since the labor battle erupted in Wisconsin in February, the state has been considered ground zero for the sweeping education and labor reform legislation debated nationwide. With new revelations from political spending watchdog groups and the state's NEA affiliate themselves, the Wisconsin Education Association Council is once again making national headlines for its fall from a onetime lobbying powerhouse to incurring massive layoffs.   Continue Reading...
The Wisconsin Recall Elections
posted by: Alix | August 12, 2011, 12:11 pm
After an unsuccessful messaging war, legal battle, and recall campaign, the unions in Wisconsin are almost out of options. On Wednesday, the dust settled on major recall elections designed to overturn Republican majorities in the Wisconsin State Senate in an effort to stop some of the most extensive public union reforms in the country.   Continue Reading...
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