"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child." –Dr. Seuss
AEA members advocated for the NBCT program today at the Education Committee meeting
Today, the House and Senate Education Committees met jointly to consider pending rule changes to the National Board Certified Teacher program. Last week, the Arkansas Education Association gave public comment stating our strong concerns about the proposed phase-out of the funding for educators contained in the newly proposed rules.
Today, Brenda Robinson, President of the Arkansas Education delivered the following comment in response to proposed changes to the rules governing National Board Certified Teachers. President Robinson spoke at the public meeting at the Arkansas Department of Education in Little Rock. The public has until 4:30 pm on February 16, 2016 to provide additional comment about the proposed rule changes which include a troubling proposal to address the looming funding shortfall for NBCT in the State budget.
The Arkansas Education Association does not oppose the public investment into education announced by Governor Hutchinson earlier this week, but we do have concerns. We welcome the effort to provide additional resources to our public schools, but we believe that it is best to invest in teachers who are already dedicated to the success of Arkansas’s students.
Arkansas Educators welcome new education law to create greater opportunity for every student
President Obama marks start of new era in public education with ESSA signing
Little Rock, Ark.--At a White House ceremony President Barack Obama today signed into law S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act, a bipartisan and bicameral bill to reauthorize the federal education law known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Arkansas’s Congressional delegation voted unanimously in support of the bill.
Wellness Discount Reminder
As a reminder, employees on the ARBenefits plan who wish to earn a discount on their premiums for the 2016 plan year must complete the requirements no later than October 31, 2015. The discount is $75 off your health insurance premium per month in 2016. In order to be eligible for the discount, the following requirements will need to be completed:
The motto of Townsend Elementary School in Pine Bluff is “give, they’ll give it back to you.” For Amanda Johnson, third grade teacher at Townsend, this motto has proven true.
Are you interested in learning more about becoming a National Board Certified Teacher?
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Check out these upcoming National Board Overview Sessions
For more information about any of the sessions listed below, contact
Clara Carroll, Ed.D., NBCT
State/District Outreach Director