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NEA Denounces Teach for America
posted by: Alix | July 12, 2011, 10:55 am   

Teach for America, a non-profit organization that recruits recent college graduates and professionals to teach in high-need schools for two years, was lambasted at the NEA's annual conference for what they call efforts by TFA to "union bust" in districts across the country.
Union Member Angered by Obama Endorsement
posted by: Alix | July 08, 2011, 03:28 pm   

The fallout has begun following the National Education Association's annual conference over Independence Day weekend. While details regarding policies and resolutions continue to emerge, rank and file union members are beginning to realize the implications of the NEA's most high profile declaration, the endorsement of President Obama for the 2012 election.
Talk to Teachers Using #edchat
posted by: Cindy Omlin | July 07, 2011, 11:38 am   

Last week I posted about my week at ISTE, a fabulous education technology conference, and my fabulous colleague, Alix, posted about Twitter for Teachers. I was elated that she wrote such a timely article because I had just attended a workshop about how Twitter is changing professional development and teacher interaction throughout the world. (Here is a basic video about Twitter. And here is a video that explains why it's beneficial for companies, organizations, and groups of professionals, like teachers.)
NCLB: Secretary Duncan’s Authority Questioned
posted by: Alix | July 06, 2011, 01:02 pm   

Summer 2011 was supposed to mark the end of the road for No Child Left Behind as we have come to know it. Last year, the Obama administration set a deadline for Congress to overhaul the controversial law. Despite the clearing of two bills meant to amend the law from the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, the Department of Education is not happy with the limited progress and is letting congressional leaders know it. In response, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has proposed blanket waivers to the law to certain states in hopes of speeding up the process, leaving many questioning whether he has the authority to do so.
2011 NEA Convention: Higher Dues, Obama Endorsement
posted by: Alix | July 05, 2011, 02:08 pm   

While most Americans were enjoying a festive Independence Day weekend, the National Education Association was holding their annual conference in Chicago. Beaten down after a solid year of negative press, declining membership, and legislative and legal battles, the NEA convention took on a surprisingly different tone in 2011.
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