The ninth annual National Summit on Education Reform (#EIE16) takes place this week in Washington, D.C., and I’m excited to share we are preparing to welcome more attendees than ever before. The National Summit opens on Thursday morning, with Governor Jeb Bush delivering a keynote address at 8:45 AM. Whether you’ll be attending in D.C.… Continue Reading Will we see you at #EIE16 on Thursday?
All parents deserve the ability to help their children reach their full potential. The unfortunate truth is that, for many parents, the ability to do so is determined by the side of town on which they live, the high school their child attends, or the amount of discretionary income in their household. As a result, many… Continue Reading Little State, Big Success in Expanding Course Access
Sandra Casson and her husband are proud parents of five children, ages 18, 17, 10, 7 and 3. Their fourth child, Adeline, has Down syndrome. Continue Reading Futures for Students with Unique Abilities Are Brighter Than Ever
Margie Viera, a single mom of two boys in Orlando, is proud of her Hispanic heritage. “We work really hard at maintaining our culture. That means that everybody who walks in has to eat something,” said Viera, while stirring a pot of arroz con gandules, a traditional Puerto Rican dish, over the stove in her Orlando, Fla., home. Continue Reading This Latina Mom Explains Why She Values Testing
The Achilles Heel of Texas: Improving College Eligibility Rates Through K-12 Education Savings Accounts
The Texas Public Policy Foundation, the Texas Business Leadership Council and Excel in Ed teamed up to publish a new white paper by yours truly called The Achilles Heel of Texas: Improving College Eligibility Rates through K-12 Savings Accounts. Bottom line: only a minority of Texas public school students get prepared for even a moderately selective college or university, and the percentage moves to catastrophically low levels when looking at the ethnic minority student groups which now constitute a large majority of Texas students. Continue Reading The Achilles Heel of Texas: Improving College Eligibility Rates Through K-12 Education Savings Accounts
Those in the Opt-Out movement may be becoming more vocal and more adamant, but they are not picking up more supporters for their cause. A comprehensive national survey on education issues, which is conducted annually by Education Next, shows a decided majority of Americans opposes the Opt-Out agenda. Continue Reading Opt-Out Movement Struggles for Traction
Maddison likes her school – a lot.
“We can sit wherever we want,’’ she says. “We can do whatever we want.’’
Obviously this can’t be true because Maddison is in first grade at Lost Lake Elementary in Lake County, Fl. And as we all know, children at that age must be subject to strict control and adult supervision at all times. Continue Reading A Smorgasbord of Learning
Creating Better Outcomes for Struggling Students: My Thoughts on Florida’s Recent State Board of Education Meeting
Last month, the Florida State Board of Education met to discuss and approve turnaround plans for 46 elementary, middle and high schools with failing school grades.* More than 14 local superintendents and district leaders appeared before the board to present detailed plans to improve student academic achievement for each failing school in their district. Continue Reading Creating Better Outcomes for Struggling Students: My Thoughts on Florida’s Recent State Board of Education Meeting
When military families move to a new community, one of the biggest challenges for parents is finding the right learning environment for their children. This can be difficult for any family, but the fact that the average military child will move six to nine times during their K-12 experience makes the need for educational continuity all the more important. Continue Reading Searching for a Great Education: One Military Family’s Journey
Principal Carlos Ferralls is knocking back his second shot of Cuban coffee, as if he needs it. Ferralls thinks fast, talks fast, moves constantly and sees everything. The traits that served him well as a three-time, All-America wide receiver in college, and later as a high school coach, now serve him well in the hallways and classrooms of the Doral Academy Preparatory School.
Continue Reading A winning playbook – One principal’s game plan to prepare students for college.