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Reform Matters: February 28, 2013
posted by: Cindy Omlin | March 01, 2013, 02:12 AM   

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.


As the largest national non-union professional association for educators, AAE is a non-partisan choice for teachers across the country. 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.


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.
AAE Blog Roll: Don't forget to bookmark the AAE blog and the AAE Charters blog for original daily posts on trends in education reform and professional development.  

Wisconsin Budget Projected to Strengthen Public Charter Schools
Textbook Publishers Shift Toward Digital Resources
Building Your Own PLC: What Websites to Use
Education Reform Too Important for Partisan Gamesmanship
Transforming Education in the Digital Age

Study Spotlight:
The School Staffing Surge: Decades of Employment Growth in America's Public Schools, Part II

America's K-12 public education system has experienced tremendous historical growth in employment, according to the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics.

Between fiscal year (FY) 1950 and FY 2009, the number of K-12 public school students in the United States increased by 96 percent, while the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) school employees grew 386 percent. Public schools grew staffing at a rate four times faster than the increase in students over that time period. Of those personnel, teachers' numbers increased 252 percent, while administrators and other non-teaching staff experienced growth of 702 percent, more than seven times the increase in students.


Click here to read the full study. 

Additional Coverage: Teachers Outnumbered in Schools by Administrators, Support Staff in Many States, Study ShowsThe Washington Times, 2/28/13  

Education Technology & Blended Learning

Tips & Tricks: Ten Facts about K-12 Students' Technology UseeSchool News, 2/25/13 

New iNACOL Report: State Policymakers Guide to K-12 Competency EducationGetting Smart, 2/26/13 

States are rushing to invest in technology. Alabama Closer to Getting $50 Million for Tech EdAssociated Press, 2/27/13

Teacher Quality, Classrooms & Pensions

CCSS Implementation: Teachers Say They Are Unprepared for Common CoreEducation Week, 2/27/13  

Study: When Teachers Choose Pension Plans: The Florida StoryThomas B. Fordham Institute, 2/21/13 

Experts: Add Counselors, Not Armed Teachers, to Boost School SafetyRules for Engagement, 2/28/13

Charter Schools, Choice & Reform Advocacy

President Obama's plan for universal Pre-K is controversial among many education reform experts. Opinion: Obama's Lopsided Education PolicyReason, 2/28/13

State Case Study: Wisconsin Students and Families May Finally Have More Access to Independent, Non-Union Charter SchoolsEAG News, 2/28/13

Charters Making Gains: KIPP Charter School Students Outperform Public School PeersHuffington Post, 2/27/13

Originally posted by Alix at AAE.

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