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AAE Federal Update April 4, 2011
posted by: Cindy Omlin | April 05, 2011, 09:46 pm   

House Reauthorizes SOAR Act

Last week, the SOAR Act passed the U.S. House on a 225–195 vote, reauthorizing and expanding the successful D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP), an initiative aimed at providing scholarships to private schools to low income students in Washington, D.C. The SOAR Act not only restores the DCOSP it also expands the program, allowing more students to receive scholarships in our nation's capital. Would you add some stats about how kids using these scholarships are doing better academically and are more likely to attend college? I know there is good data on the program.
Union Battle Progress
posted by: Cindy Omlin | April 04, 2011, 12:32 pm   

Since the news in Wisconsin broke, more than 12 states have adopted similar legislation aimed at curbing union power, advancing education reform policy, and ending forced unionism. The national unions and their state counterparts have proven that regardless of outcomes in the legislature, they will fight on in court- spending countless dollars on organizing ballot initiatives and recalls. Make sure to follow the news in your state by reading AAE's daily blog posts.

Educational Apps for iPhone and Droid
posted by: Cindy Omlin | April 03, 2011, 10:21 pm   

I find myself in the constant state of "student" regarding technology in education, especially when it comes to my iPhone. It's exciting; it keeps me on the edge of my seat; it keeps me humble.

The Great Cursive Debate
posted by: Cindy Omlin | April 01, 2011, 09:10 am   

Most adults today remember countless hours spent practicing their cursive in elementary school. These days it's hard to remember when we last used the skill, unless maybe to sign a check. According to reports, cursive instruction is dying out all over the country. Will the once staple of a grammar school education go the way of the abacus for today's children?

Social Media in the Modern Classroom
posted by: Cindy Omlin | March 29, 2011, 12:44 pm   

While everyone knows that technology has changed our world, policymakers and education experts are still debating the value of social media in a modern day classroom. In a technology driven world, opportunities to educate children are arising everywhere. With the rise of social media and online learning, teachers need to strike a balance between using these innovative online tools and exposing them to inappropriate content and misuse.
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