Gary Beckner

Similarly in Indiana, AAE members agree with a policy that provides a tax deduction for individuals who make educational expenditures on behalf of their dependent children. In Arizona, another 74 percent of surveyed teachers support that state’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, enabling parents of special needs children the choice to spend state funding and on a school environment that meets their needs.

The incontrovertible fact is students learn best when taught by an excellent teacher. Nationwide statistics show a positive correlation between school choice and graduation rates. We shouldn’t discourage talented professionals from leaving the classroom because they can’t conform to the constricts of a traditional classroom setting. Online options, blended learning, and nontraditional charter schools can offer flexibility for some of our best educators and help attract new innovators to the profession.

Our focus should be on matching talented professionals with positions that best use their talents and recognizing educators for their contributions to education reform.

This week is National School Choice Week and as a truly professional educators organization, the Association of American Educators is celebrating all dedicated teachers and promoting professional choices. Teachers need choices too! The school choice movement offers advancement and opportunity for teachers nationwide.

Gary Beckner

Gary Beckner is the Executive Director of the Association of American Educators.