Registration Now Open for AAP’s Fall Conference and Lobby Day! Make plans now to attend this one-day event on September 22 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC. The morning will feature sessions on implementation of Common Core Standards, state and national fiscal updates, and the latest on President Obama’s education initiatives followed by afternoon visits to meet with members of Congress. Click here for more information.
AAP Members' "Continuity of Learning" Initiatives Will Help Schools Prepare for H1N1 and Other Crises. Last August, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced a national “Continuity of Learning” initiative to aid the educational infrastructure in dealing with the H1N1 flu epidemic and other emergency situations that might cause extended or large-scale absences from the nation’s schools. A number of AAP School Division members have taken steps in support of the Continuity of Learning initiative. Click here to read more.
School Division Fall Summit. On October 8, 2009 about 80 publishers attended the Fall Summit on K-12 School Publishing at the Ritz Carlton Pentagon City, Just outside of Washington, DC. A number of topics were discussed including the 2010 Economic Outlook for K-12 School Publishing, Response to Intervention Curricula, New State Technology Initiatives and many more. Presentations from the conference will be sent to all registered attendees and are available upon request for AAP members. To request copies of the presentations, members may contact Ms. Lydia Raynor firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd like to thank our sponsor Quarasan (Representive Randi Brill) for its support of our Fall Summit. Photos
School Division Submits Comments on "Race to the Top" Fund. Pursuant to a notice in the Federal Register, the AAP School Division has submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Education regarding proposed priorities, requirements, and selection criteria for the Department's "Race to the Top" Fund. Click here to read AAP's comments. (September 6, 2009)
Poll Shows Floridians Oppose Diverting Instructional Materials Funding. Floridians overwhelmingly oppose diverting funds earmarked to buy new K-12 instructional materials to help balance school budgets, according to a statewide poll released today. The poll, part of a larger poll commissioned by the Associated Industries of Florida, found that 59 percent opposed spending funds budgeted for textbooks and instructional materials on other needs, with only 27.7 percent supporting the shift.
Click here for additional poll results.
"Balancing Budgets: Textbook funding shouldn't be flexible." A recent AAP op ed in the from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale FL, underscores the importance of funding instructional materials. Click here to read the op ed. (March 1, 2009)
The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has many serious concerns
about the veracity of a new report from the California Legislative
Analyst's Office (LAO) regarding instructional materials. Click here to
read AAP's statement.
AAP School Division Launches New Website for Parents and Teachers to Dispel Myths about Student Assessment
Parents and Educators have a new online resource for information about education testing,
www.TestingFacts.org, a new website to educate the public about the importance of educational and assessment and provide clear insights into the process by which students are tested.
AAP President/CEO Patricia S. Schroeder Issues Statement in Support of the U.S. Department of Education's Review of Reading First Implementation
The School Division of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) welcomes the U.S. Department of Education's recent review of the implementation of Reading First grants. (ED-OIG/I13-F0017.) We believe the Inspector General's report and recommendations will go a long way in correcting a number of problems with Reading First, which is designed to deliver highly effective research-based reading programs into American classrooms.
Publishers Praise Introduction of "Textbook Equity" Resolution
The AAP School Division welcomed the introduction of a Congressional resolution calling for equitable funding of textbooks at the local level, and praised its sponsors, Representatives Danny Davis (D-IL) and John Shimkus (R-IL).
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AAP Priorities for ESEA Reauthorization AAP members strongly support the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). AAP has six reauthorization priorities. Read more.
AAP and SIIA Support Voluntary Common Core State Standards for Education. To read the AAP/SIIA joint statement of support, click here.
School Division Submits Comments on "Race to the Top" Fund more
Click here to read AAP's comments