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Discussing Osama Bin Laden with Students
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 04, 2011, 12:50 pm   

I was teaching on September 11, 2001 when the Towers fell. In fact, my student's brother worked at the Twin Towers. (Sidenote: the brother escaped safely from the buildings before it collapsed). It was a long day of teaching. As eighteen and nineteen year-olds, the students wanted to talk about what was happening and it just seemed right to put the current lesson on hold and teach another lesson that day. Considering that we didn't have much information and my iPhone had yet to be invented, there were a lot of questions unanswered.

AAE State Policy Update
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 03, 2011, 04:56 pm   

As the 2011 legislative session draws to an end, state legislatures across the country are proceeding with bills that seeks to curb union power and implement sweeping education reform. While Wisconsin and Ohio have received the bulk of the media attention, nearly the entire country will see historic changes in the coming year.
AAE Celebrates Teachers & Charters This Week
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 02, 2011, 02:36 pm   

This week, May 2-8, 2011, is both National Teacher Appreciation Week and National Charter Schools Week. AAE is pleased to recognize both American educators and charter schools this week and every day. Read Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's statement on the occasion here.
StudentsFirst Expanding to Include Fellowships
posted by: Cindy Omlin | April 29, 2011, 12:45 pm   

StudentsFirst, the new national organization behind education reform efforts across the country, announced this week that they are expanding to include fellowships for teachers. The Michelle Rhee fronted advocacy organization is offering opportunities for current teachers and education reformers to become leaders in the education reform movement via her new senior-level fellowship program.
Ohio Governor Asks for Teacher Input
posted by: Cindy Omlin | April 28, 2011, 02:41 pm   
Ohio has been one of the most talked about states in the nation as Governor John Kasich and the Ohio legislature worked together to pass Senate Bill 5, a move that would end forced unionism, close budget shortfalls and curb union power. While the union has already begun a referendum campaign to maintain their stronghold on teacher paychecks, the governor is not backing down and is now working together with teachers to establish criteria for the performance pay portion of the law.
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