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Reform Matters: October 21st, 2015
posted by: Alana | October 21, 2015, 05:00 AM   


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Volume 4, Issue 6: October 21, 2015

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.


Feel free to forward this email on to colleagues, or encourage them to join our email list. We hope that you will provide us with feedback and consider submitting an article or study for consideration.   
Note: We are proud to be member-driven and only take positions on issues after our members are surveyed at a majority. The studies, articles, and policies showcased in this newsletter have not necessarily been endorsed by AAE; however, by sharing new and innovative trends in education policy, we hope to educate and empower our members by examining new possibilities in education.

AAE Survey Cited in Missouri Unionization Editorial

"...Unlike in traditional schools, families always have the option of leaving a charter school if it doesn't live up to their expectations. Teachers can't as easily leave a union. Once teachers unionize, it's hard to de-unionize.

After an initial union election, no further elections are scheduled, no term limits are imposed, and the union stays in power indefinitely. New employees are forced to accept representation from a union they never had the chance to vote for. A 2015 Association of American Educators survey reported only 8 percent of teachers surveyed had voted for the union representing them..."
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Event Spotlight: Video Coming Soon!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the lively discussion on how these monumental lawsuits could fundamentally alter the state of education nationwide. If you didn't get a chance to attend, we'll be sharing the video footage within the next few weeks!

The latest: Teachers Unions at Risk of Losing "Agency Fees", EducationNext, Winter 2016

Education Technology & Blended Learning  

Is This Silicon Valley-Inspired School the Future of Education?, New York Post, 10/17/15

When One-To-One Goes Wrong, eSchool News, 10/21/15

Infograph: 5 Predictions for Education Technology, Cloud Tweaks, 9/29/15

Teacher Topics  

"This isn't a job, it's a mission." -NYC Charter Teacher It's Time to Hold the Corrupt School System Accountable, New York Post, 10/20/15

Calling all teachers! Your opinions and ideas about teaching have a chance to make a difference in education policy. AAE is helping Hope Street Group (HSG) gather teacher voices on improving teacher preparation. If you want to be a part of change, now is the time.
Share with HSG your ideas and opinions by taking this brief survey: And please send this out to other teachers you know so they can be part of this discussion as well. We're very proud of AAE-PACE member Jill Cullis for working with HSG as a policy fellow! The Survey closes Oct 30.

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