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Alabama Teachers Flocking to AAE
posted by: Cindy Omlin | February 03, 2011, 12:21 pm   

Due to some recent landmark legislation, Alabama teachers are finding themselves at a crossroads with their local union, the Alabama Education Association, an affiliate of the NEA. Recently, the Alabama Legislature passed Senate Bill 2. This measure prohibits the AEA from using payroll deductions to support political activity. This legislation is a direct blow to the union machine and the perfect opportunity for Alabama teachers to evaluate their membership and consider alternatives.
New Teacher Evaluations Being Debated
posted by: Cindy Omlin | February 01, 2011, 02:53 pm   

The debate over "value-added" methods of evaluating teachers has caused controversy all over the country. While most agree that we must find a way of fairly evaluating teachers, not many agree on the method. One common thread of a new evaluation system is a new focus on student achievement.
“Legit”-- Of Particularly Excellent Quality (similar to “cool” or “tight”)
posted by: Cindy Omlin | January 31, 2011, 06:56 pm   

Disclaimer: I think that Will Richardson is legit

I attended professional development training where Will Richardson spoke recently. I was swept off my feet by his technology talk. He is that cool guy in college that knows all of the obscure but quality bands and when they're playing in town. And he's cool about sharing the information with you. All the while you sit and think, "How does this guy find this stuff!?"

Gary Beckner Op-Ed on Unions' Role in Blocking School Choice
posted by: Cindy Omlin | January 31, 2011, 12:25 pm   


AAE Executive Director Gary Beckner op-ed as featured on the Washington Examiner's website

AAE Federal Update
posted by: Cindy Omlin | January 25, 2011, 01:51 pm   

USDA Releases School Nutrition Guidelines

The Department of Education has released guidelines for healthy school lunches in partnership with the Institute of Medicine, a Washington-based policy group that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) consulted for recommendations.
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