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School Violence Tip Lines
posted by: Ruthie | December 19, 2013, 05:44 PM

As the country honors the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy last weekend, lawmakers, school administrators, teachers, and parents continue to work on improving school safety.  While we struggle to find a balance that keeps students safe, Lansing, Michigan legislators have found an interesting means of mitigating school violence – a  tip line.

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Teacher Gift Policies
posted by: Ruthie | December 12, 2013, 08:12 PM

With the holiday season in full swing, your students are probably not the only ones looking forward to exchanging gifts. Whether it’s a gift card, a free coffee, or homemade Christmas goodies, almost every teacher looks forward to a gift from their school or students’ parents. However, before you rush out and purchase gifts for colleagues, check in with your school’s gift policies. According to reports, recent changes to school policies could potentially limit gifts teachers give and receive.

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AAE’s Arkansas state chapter, the Arkansas State Teachers Association (ASTA), was honored to be part of a coalition that was successful in reducing health care premiums for education employees. After a 33-hour special session and a package of bills approved over the weekend, the state will use surplus money this year and redirect state funds in future years to lower teachers' insurance premiums. Governor Beebe signed the bills into law on Monday.   Continue Reading...
After a tumultuous introduction to the new school year, Indiana continues to face challenges as many are questioning why A-F school grades have yet to be revealed to the public. Indiana was once leading the charge among states to rank schools via easy-to-understand letter grading.   Continue Reading...
California Extends Teacher-Prep Programs
posted by: Ruthie | September 09, 2013, 05:27 PM

Since the National Council on Teacher Quality’s (NCTQ) recent report on teacher-preparation, the subject of new teacher requirements has been a hot topic. Recently, California signed a bill granting more flexibility to teacher preparation programs.

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Texas Bill Changes Graduation Requirements
posted by: Cindy Omlin | April 16, 2013, 05:45 PM

The Texas House of Representatives recently approved HB5, which would restructure the state's high school graduation requirements, reducing the number of end-of-course exams from fifteen to five and eliminating the requirement that these tests comprise 15% of students' overall grade.

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Reform Matters: March 21, 2013
posted by: Cindy Omlin | March 21, 2013, 04:16 PM

Welcome to the Association of American Educators' online biweekly 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.

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Evaluating President Obama’s Pre-K Plan
posted by: Cindy Omlin | March 18, 2013, 11:29 PM

Yesterday, AAE staff had the pleasure of attending a forum on President Obama's universal pre-school plan. The discussion was lead by Sara Mead, associate partner at Education Partners and former director of the Early Education Initiative at the New American Foundation, and Grover J "Russ" Whitehurst, director of the Brown Center on Education Policy and the Brookings Institution and former director of the Institute for Education Sciences. 

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Federal Update: March 13, 2013
posted by: Cindy Omlin | March 13, 2013, 09:28 PM

With sequestration, or automatic federal budget cuts, beginning to take effect, legislators and education advocates are struggling to come to terms with new financial realities.

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Cursive Writing: Spare Tire or Fourth Wheel?
posted by: Cindy Omlin | March 04, 2013, 06:25 PM

Many people view cursive writing as analogous to a spare tire, it's not completely necessary but it's definitely a good tool to have in your repertoire. However, the Idaho State Board of Education highly values cursive, enough, in fact, to make it a requirement for Idaho schools. The measure passed with a recent vote in the Senate. 

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Longer School Year: Helpful or Harmful?
posted by: Cindy Omlin | January 22, 2013, 08:16 PM

Recently, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Tennessee transitioned to a three-year pilot program that adds 300 hours to the school year. The program will affect nearly 20,000 students in 40 schools. The news comes on the heels of bipartisan recommendations from both lawmakers and reform advocates who are calling for increased instruction time.    Continue Reading...

A recent report by the Education Intelligence Agency sheds light on the financial disclosures of the National Education Association in the 2011-2012 fiscal year. The analysis reveals that the NEA spent over $15 million dollars of member dues on a wide array of left-leaning advocacy groups and charities.    Continue Reading...
Study: Classroom Design Matters
posted by: Cindy Omlin | January 07, 2013, 11:36 PM

For years, researchers have understood that the classroom environment can have an effect on student learning. Whether that means having a comfortable chair, a great desk, or a place to get some exercise, teachers and students both need functional spaces to teach and learn. According to a recent study, school design can impact student learning by as much as 25% in early grades. 

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Right-to-Work Bill Passed in Michigan
posted by: Cindy Omlin | December 12, 2012, 01:02 AM

Today, lawmakers in Michigan approved Right-to-Work legislation by a 58-51 vote. The controversial saga over freedom of choice for workers is drawing not just national attention, but also thousands of union-led protesters to the Capitol grounds today. Governor Rick Snyder is expected to sign the measure this week. 

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Yesterday, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and the Foundation for Excellence in Education kicked off their 5th annual Excellence in Action National Summit on Education Reform, in Washington, D.C. This high-profile conference provides participants with an opportunity to attend briefings, discussions, and debates on the latest research, programs, and policies for raising student achievement.    Continue Reading...

It's no surprise that the internet is rapidly becoming the primary means of communication between teachers and parents. However, community demographic differences often bring varying levels of computer and internet accessibility across the country. Some parents may not be able to afford the internet, while others may not be computer literate.

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The 2012 Election: The Education Impact
posted by: Cindy Omlin | November 07, 2012, 08:13 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 arepredicting a continuation of an active Department of Education and changes to some controversial state education laws.    Continue Reading...
Countdown to Election Day: The Education Impact
posted by: Cindy Omlin | November 01, 2012, 09:03 PM

Education has been a consistent theme in the 2012 presidential campaign. Although each candidate offers a different solution to improving America's education system, both President Obama and Governor Romney acknowledge that education reform is a critical part of their political platform. Regardless of the outcome next week, it is clear that the 2012 election will have a lasting impact on federal spending and K-12 education for years to come.

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School Lunches Receive Criticism
posted by: Cindy Omlin | October 27, 2012, 02:53 AM

This year, under First Lady Michele Obama's leadership and the standards of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, schools across the country are implementing the dietary guidelines established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   Continue Reading...

Florida's controversial, new race-based student achievement goals continue to spark debate across the nation. The heated debate raises the question – how should student achievement goals be broken down?   Continue Reading...
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