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#FactFriday: All 50 States Offer Schools Flexibility from Seat-Time Requirements

Time-based systems, also known as “seat-time” requirement systems, still form the basis of today’s traditional schools. The prevailing assumption has been that state policies for seat-time requirements constrict schools and hinder attempts to innovate. However, far more flexibility exists than originally thought. New research by ExcelinEd examining seat-time requirements for awarding credit and graduation reveals that all […]

#AskExcelinEd About Education-to-Workforce Pathways!

How Can States Create Education-to-Workforce Pathways for Students? All students deserve the opportunity to complete their K-12 education ready to thrive. States can readily build education-to-workforce pathways to make that happen.

Celebrating National Special Education Day

Over 6.6 million students receive special education from public schools across America. For most of these students, the school they are assigned to works great. But what if they need another option, or more intensive services than those offered by their assigned school? Enter education choice.  As we celebrate National Special Education Day, learn more […]

#AskExcelinEd: What am I thankful for?

  Gratitude is at the heart of our nation’s Thanksgiving Day celebration this week. Each and every day, I’m grateful for the blessings in my life and the joy of family and friends.  My gratitude extends to you and the work you are doing to improve the lives of families by transforming the quality of education for their children. From policymakers to education leaders to advocates, you are working on policy solutions that will have lasting impacts […]

#EIE19 Highlights You Won’t Want to Miss!

We had another incredible National Summit on Education Reform! Below you’ll find keynote and general session videos, some of our favorite photos and the #EIE19 Twitter Moments. See you next year at #EIE20 in Washington, D.C.! #EIE19 Highlights Reel Some of our favorite moments from the past two days! Keynote and General Session Videos Full-length videos of keynotes […]

#FactFriday: An estimated 50 million pumpkin pies are eaten on Thanksgiving

Next week, individuals and families nationwide will pause to reflect on the blessings in their lives (and enjoy a bounty of pumpkin pie!). And this year, ExcelinEd is especially grateful for the policymakers, educators and parents who are diligently working to transform education for each and every child. Thank you! What Others Are Saying Grateful to […]

#AskExcelinEd: What’s Happening at #EIE19?

We’re coming to you live from the 2019 National Summit on Education Reform in San Diego, where ExcelinEd is hosting more than 1,000 legislators, state superintendents, policymakers and advocates all working to build a brighter future for America’s families. Inspiring Speakers Despite a city-wide power outage, #EIE19 kicked off with an energizing discussion between Governor Jeb […]

#FactFriday: 585,000 apprentices are enrolled in programs nationwide

We’re celebrating National Apprenticeship Week! Apprenticeships combine real-world and traditional learning to help participants develop skills and earn certified credentials that are recognized industry-wide. Apprenticeships and other forms of work-based learning are key components of the Perkins V legislation. Check out our Perkins V brief for specific steps to help states improve learning and outcomes for their students. […]

Guidance to Innovate: What Turnaround Schools Need

Focus schools. Priority schools. Comprehensive support and improvement schools. Level 1 schools. Despite the sometimes euphemistic and otherwise bureaucratic names, all of these labels refer to one common element: turnaround schools. They represent the bottom 5% of low performing schools in each state and require some of the most drastic actions to ensure students do […]

#AskExcelinEd: Are all Blaine Amendments equal?

In 2020 the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will hear Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. Advocates and detractors of private school choice are watching closely. The question before the Court is whether provisions in 37 state constitutions, called Blaine Amendments, violate the U.S. Constitution. Although there is wide variation among Blaine Amendments, […]