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AAE Signs on in Opposition to National Curriculum
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 25, 2011, 07:41 pm   

The following statement can be attributed to the Association of American Educators Executive Director Gary Beckner.

The Association of American Educators has joined a coalition of other influential groups and individuals from across the political and education spectrum in opposition to a nationalized curriculum. In conjunction with opposing a national curriculum, AAE also opposes the ongoing effort by the U.S. Department of Education to have two federally-funded testing consortia develop national curriculum guidelines, national curriculum models, national instructional materials, and national assessments using Common Core's national standards as a basis for these efforts.

AAE State Policy Update May 24, 2011
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 25, 2011, 06:37 pm   

With the 2011 legislative session coming to an eventful end, states across the country have been on a quest for months to implement sweeping education and labor reform legislation. What began with a bang in Wisconsin has grown into a full-scale movement in states throughout the country. While each state is experiencing reform on different levels, it is impossible to ignore that this year will have a nationwide impact on the face of education and labor for generations to come.

No Child Left Behind Overhaul Taking Longer Than Expected
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 25, 2011, 06:27 pm   

Last year, President Obama and his administration set a goal for Congress to overhaul the long-debated No Child Left Behind law by this summer. The 9-year-old law has seen its share of debate since the Department of Education issued their blueprint for change last spring. While the House has begun the process with a series of targeted bills, a bipartisan, comprehensive reform of the nation's most important federal education legislation still seems far from wrapping up, according to congressional insiders.
Virtual School Programs Coming in Michigan
posted by: Alix | May 20, 2011, 10:22 am   

With states facing budget shortfalls, districts everywhere are coming up with new and innovative ideas to consolidate programs and brace for budget cuts. While cuts may be the new "normal" when it comes to education funding, one district in Michigan has implemented a virtual learning program that actually raises money for the district. Administrators at Oxford Community Schools have started a new virtual high school, meant to connect students in China with teachers in the district and vice versa.
Trouble for Charters in Georgia?
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 19, 2011, 10:28 am   

As reported in the AAE State Policy Update this week, a Georgia law clearing the way for new charter schools in the state was struck down by the Georgia Supreme Court in a high-profile decision on Monday. The decision overturned the Georgia Charter Schools Commission, which allowed the state to approve and fund charter schools over the objection of local school boards. The court's ruling will undoubtedly affect thousands of students, reshaping the face of funding for public education in the state, and perhaps set a precedent that could affect other states' emerging charter movements.
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