These goals and dreams may seem lofty, but they should not be optional. Early implementation evidence and beginning research give us hope, but at the end of the day honoring and leveraging the unique gifts and talents of every child is simply the right thing to do.
The persistent incapacity of the system to change shouldn’t be a surprise—we are often stuck retrofitting well-intentioned ideas for students whose needs were too complicated to fit into our original models in the first place.
Our hope is that personalized learning may present the opportunity to flip the traditional model upside down. Or better yet, put it right side up.
“When it comes to education, a one-size-fits-all model simply doesn’t work, and choice is important.” The question remains, how much choice, and, specifically, should private schools be included?
Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Jeb Bush, President and Chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, released the following statement on the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions’ (HELP) favorable vote on the nomination of Betsy DeVos as education secretary. “Betsy DeVos deserves this vote of confidence and endorsement toward confirmation as the next […]
We all know that too many children have been languishing in failing schools for too many years. ESSA empowers states with an opportunity to rethink their approach to school turnaround and leverage federal dollars to get those students into a high-quality school as soon as possible.
As you may have noticed, school choice is growing—fast. Today, 25 states plus Washington, D.C. host 50 private education choice programs. Nearly 7,000 charter schools serve students in 43 states and Washington, D.C. As state legislative activity burgeons, Washington is becoming increasingly interested in how the federal government can support the immense success of school choice in the states.
The charter construct is simple, yet profoundly different from traditional public schools. In exchange for more operational autonomy, charter schools are held accountable for student success. If a charter school does not meet the terms of their contract, the school is eventually closed or turned over to another operator. If it is successful, it is offered the opportunity to expand to serve more students.
Tax-credit scholarship programs provide quality educational options for students, lead to academic benefits for students who remain in public schools, and save taxpayers money. I challenge you to name another government program with these characteristics.
During National School Choice Week, ExcelinEd’s Adam Peshek is highlighting unique aspects of educational choice policy. Today, Adam explores Education Savings Account programs: what they look like, where they’re advancing and what the 2017 legislative forecast looks like for these programs. Check out related posts on charter schools, tax-credit scholarships, ways the federal government can support school choice and opportunities for […]