Category: Issues

AEA’s Stand: The idea of merit pay, also called pay for performance, in public schools is destructive. It is becoming one of the determining factors in whether teachers are judged a success or failure. Merit pay is paying educators for their performance based on test scores and performance-based tests. These tests measure only a narrow […]

Date: 01/14/13
Category: Issues

AEA’s Stand: AEA works diligently to protect the Education Trust Fund, which includes funding for pre-kindergarten, elementary, secondary, postsecondary, and higher education in the state. That mission began in earnest in 1975. At the time Gov. George Wallace wanted to “redirect” 12 percent of certain taxes earmarked to the Education Trust Fund to the state’s […]

Date: 01/14/13
Category: Issues

Students First Act (SFA) The Students First Act of 2011, Act 2011-270, was adopted by the Legislature during the 2011 Regular Session. This law repealed the Teacher Tenure Act, the Fair Dismissal Act, and portions of the Teacher Accountability Act. It imposed a new tenure system for teachers and education support professionals (ESPs) in Alabama, […]

Date: 01/14/13
Category: Issues

AEA’s Stand: Privatization is used to keep school systems from having to pay decent wages and provide benefits for its employees. When school systems privatize their jobs – bus drivers, cafeteria employees, janitors, teacher aides, etc. – they are no longer required to pay health care costs or retirement benefits. They simply hire an outside […]

Date: 01/14/13
Category: Issues

Charter Schools AEA’s Stand: Charter schools don’t work. They take money from our already underfunded existing schools. If certain schools need improvement, then we should work together to improve these schools. Charter schools are schools run by businesses, private corporations, or foundations but funded with public money diverted from public schools. Charters are often set […]

Date: 01/14/13
Category: Issues