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AAE Federal Update August 1, 2011
posted by: Cindy Omlin | August 02, 2011, 10:17 pm   

Education Secretary Duncan Testifies About Education Budget


Last week, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan testified in front of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education about the proposed federal education budget. In the wake of the heated debate related to spending cuts, Secretary Duncan made his case for President Obama's 2012 budget specific to the Department's future goals.
 
SOS Rally Yields Mixed Messages & Famous Faces
posted by: Cindy Omlin | August 01, 2011, 12:07 pm   

This weekend union leaders and liberal advocacy groups from across the country rallied in Washington, D.C. for the "Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action." With a smaller crowd than predicted, at just 3,000 people, teachers and anti-reform advocates rallied to protest everything from No Child Left Behind, to standardized tests, and everything in between somehow labeled as education reform.
 
A Love Story: PD and the LOC
posted by: Cindy Omlin | July 29, 2011, 02:57 pm   

Free classes. Free content. Varied learning formats. Reliable. Standards based (NSCD, AASL, ISTE). Certificates of completion. The Library of Congress (LOC) offers professional development (PD) using primary sources. As pointed out by eSchool News, “Approximately 19 million primary resources have been digitized, and [they are] are a mix of photos, maps, posters, and other exciting materials.” Looks like a professional learning opportunity worth investigating.
 
Secretary Duncan Says Education Is Hurt by Politics
posted by: Alix | July 26, 2011, 10:41 am   

With our nation's schools slated to begin in the weeks to come, education has been a hot topic among policymakers at that state and local level. This week, at an ongoing education summit hosted by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan delivered some harsh remarks about not only the state of the Iowa school systems, but the overarching problems he believes our entire country's schools are facing.
 
State Union Refuses to Represent Teachers in Wisconsin
posted by: Alix | July 25, 2011, 12:10 pm   

Wisconsin has been education and labor reform "ground zero" since Governor Walker swept into office in January. Promising big changes, Governor Walker eventually passed a budget that ended forced-unionism, curbed union power, and ultimately led to a nationwide battle to balance state budgets and rein in union monopolies. Despite union-led efforts to recall elected officials over these changes, Governor Walker is now moving forward with an initiative to create a new state-wide accountability system to replace requirements under No Child Left Behind. Despite the bipartisan call for a plan, the state's teacher union has rejected an invitation by Governor Walker to collaborate on a plan, effectively refusing to represent the teacher voice in the state.
 
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