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Union Battle Progress
posted by: Pamela | April 04, 2011, 03:30 pm   

Since the news in Wisconsin broke, more than 12 states have adopted similar legislation aimed at curbing union power, advancing education reform policy, and ending forced unionism. The national unions and their state counterparts have proven that regardless of outcomes in the legislature, they will fight on in court- spending countless dollars on organizing ballot initiatives and recalls. Make sure to follow the news in your state by reading AAE's daily blog posts.
 
The Great Cursive Debate
posted by: Pamela | April 01, 2011, 04:18 pm   

Most adults today remember countless hours spent practicing their cursive in elementary school. These days it's hard to remember when we last used the skill, unless maybe to sign a check. According to reports, cursive instruction is dying out all over the country. Will the once staple of a grammar school education go the way of the abacus for today's children?
 
Social Media in the Modern Classroom
posted by: Pamela | March 29, 2011, 03:16 pm   


While everyone knows that technology has changed our world, policymakers and education experts are still debating the value of social media in a modern day classroom. In a technology driven world, opportunities to educate children are arising everywhere. With the rise of social media and online learning, teachers need to strike a balance between using these innovative online tools and exposing them to inappropriate content and misuse.

 
Union Battles in the States
posted by: Pamela | March 28, 2011, 01:40 pm   

It has been a busy few months for ASTA. More than 12 states are in various stages of advancing laws that deal with curbing union power, education reform, and forced unionism. The unions have proved that regardless of whether or not they win battles in the legislature, they will take the fight to the courts and potential ballot initiatives in the next election cycle.
 
Performance Pay Developments
posted by: Pamela | March 22, 2011, 11:11 am   

Performance pay continues to be one of the most hot button education reform policies being proposed by reformers and law makers across the country. Last week, Senate Bill 736 passed in Florida and is now awaiting Governor Scott's signature. Among other broad reforms, the Florida bill is one of the most progressive in terms of performance pay, also known as merit pay. It requires 50 percent of a teacher's evaluation to be based on state standardized tests or other national, local, or industry measures for those subjects not gauged at the state level and evaluations are based on four distinct levels of teacher performance.
 
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