AACTE in the News
From Education Week
By Alyson Klein
President Barack Obama's signature education programs would be scrapped under a bill approved this morning by the House Appropriations Committee panel that oversees education spending.
The measure would cut about $1.1 billion from the U.S. Department of Education's roughly $68 billion budget, according to an analysis by the Committee for Education Funding, a lobbying coalition. The bill covers fiscal year 2013, which starts on Oct. 1. The Senate Appropriations Committee has already passed a similar measure. More information about both bills here.
From National Journal
By Fawn Johnson
Last week, the Government Accountability Office issued a perplexing report showing that charter schools enrolled a lower percentage of students with disabilities than traditional public schools. The most dispiriting part of report is at end of the report's second line--"little is known about the factors contributing to these differences." GAO's researchers pride themselves on their thoroughness and impartiality, which makes their very tame recommendations at the end of the report all the more remarkable. The report said the Education Department should 1) update existing guidance on schools' obligations to students with disabilities and 2) more research is needed.
From The Hill
By Dr. Jill Biden
Over the past few years, I have been blessed with the opportunity to spend time with our veterans, troops and military families. With every visit, I come away inspired.
They are military spouses, who balance work, family and school — all while dealing with the emotions of a deployment. They are military children, who move from school to school while picking up extra chores while their dad or mom is away serving our country. They are survivors of our fallen, who are pillars of strength for their communities. And of course, they are our troops, veterans and wounded warriors, who have dedicated their lives to defending America.
From Education Week
By Stephen Sawchuk
Despite little research supporting the practice, paying teachers for earning advanced degrees continues to cost states billions of dollars—in 2007-08, an estimated $14.8 billion, or 72 percent more than just four years before that, according to a report released today by the Washington-based Center for American Progress.
The report contends that the funding could be better spent on other compensation schemes, such as offering more to teachers in shortage fields, like math or special education; higher salaries to retain the best teachers; or incentives to teachers who take difficult teaching assignments.
From National Journal
By Sharon P. Robinson
Currently, 45 states and the District of Columbia, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have adopted the Common Core State Standards. In doing so, these states believe these standards have something to contribute to their current state standards. Those considering the Common Core standards should know that they cover much of the same content as existing state standards and are intended to serve as an enhancement, not as a replacement of each state’s unique approach to education. They seek to prepare students to apply knowledge through higher-order thinking skills, have contextual skills and awareness, develop academic behaviors, learn content knowledge, and develop cognitive strategies that are incrementally developed over the course of the PK-12 education experience. Students are expected to build upon mathematical process, literacy, rhetorical, and analytic skills from year-to-year through a deliberate and continuous learning process. This requires educators to be cognizant of where their students are in the development of their knowledge and skills and where they are headed.
Education Majors School Lawmakers on the Importance of Federal Aid for Teachers
Students and faculty from the University of South Carolina Aiken headed to Washington to meet with legislators and learn about trends in education policy from leaders in the field, all as part of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education's annual Washington Week. "The primary goal of the trip was to collaborate with the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and engage with staffs of the South Carolina representatives and senators," said Tiffany Zorn, a USC...
White Fragility: What it Looks Like in Schools
In 2011, renowned academic, lecturer, and author Robin DiAngelo coined the term “white fragility” in an academic article, which influenced the national dialogue on race. DiAngelo will take center stage as the opening keynote speaker at the 2020 AACTE Annual Meeting on Friday, February 28 in Atlanta, GA. The following article originally appeared in the National Education Policy Center newsletter and is reprinted with permission. Public school enrollment has been majority “minority”...