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#AskExcelinEd: What steps can states take to ensure their CTE courses are high quality?

For our next #CTEMonth installment, Danielle Mezera, coauthor of Putting CTE to Work for Students, explains high-quality course standards and why they are essential in a successful CTE program. Strengthening state Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs does not have to involve major legislative changes or depend on federal action, such as reauthorization of the […]

#AskExcelinEd: Why do industry certifications matter?

February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) month. Today, we’ll tackle the question of why industry certifications matter for secondary students. The benefits are undeniable! Consider each of these advantages: Foundational Skills The process of earning an industry certification allows students to experience the real-world demands of work in a practical way. Acquiring an industry […]

529 College Savings Plans Can Now Be Used for K-12 Expenses: How Are States Responding?

The federal government has expanded 529 college savings plans to include qualified expenses for elementary and secondary education (public, private or religious). In doing so, educational opportunity has increased for families across the country. Now, in addition to using account funds for college expenses, a family can choose to use up to $10,000 annually toward […]

The Real Stories of Education Reform

I love a good stat. Just last year, more than 36,000 students accessed Choice programs for the first time. 4th graders in states with strong accountability programs outpaced 4th graders in other states in both reading and math. 46 percent of employers nationwide report difficulty in filling open positions across a range of career sectors. 9 […]

#AskExcelinEd: Why is #CTEMonth important?

February is Career and Technical Education Month (#CTEMonth) and for the next few weeks we will be exploring some of the pressing issues facing state and local CTE programs. Today, Innovation Policy Managing Director Quentin Suffren previews what to expect from this series and provides background on CTE. Here at ExcelinEd, we talk a lot […]

#AskExcelinEd: Why is School Choice Good for Teachers?

In our final #AskExcelinEd celebrating National School Choice Week, Policy Analyst for Education Opportunity Tori Bell discusses how in an education market that offers robust choice and varied school options, teachers can better develop, own and pursue their preferred pedagogies. During National School Choice Week, communities across the nation are celebrating and advocating for educational […]

#AskExcelinEd: What are 5 key considerations for creating or developing tax-credit scholarship programs?

As we continue to celebrate National School Choice Week, Associate Policy Director of Education Choice James Paul helps us better understand one of the fastest growing areas of choice – tax-credit scholarship programs. A proper celebration of National School Choice Week must include the life-changing opportunities that tax-credit scholarship programs are offering to hundreds of […]

#AskExcelinEd: How does charter school policy give parents the power to create their own school choice?

As we continue to celebrate National School Choice Week, Associate Director of Charter School Policy Sam Duell tells us a story of a group of parents from Norman, Oklahoma starting their own public charter school. Imagine that your elementary school student is happy and thriving in your local public school, attending a language-immersion program and […]

Congratulations to the #ChoicesInEd Video Competition Winners

In celebration of National School Choice Week, ExcelinEd proudly joins more than a dozen partners to announce the winners of the “Choices in Education” video competition. Selected from hundreds of inspiring stories, these seven winners exemplify a variety of school choice options and show us why access to more educational opportunity is life changing. Please join […]

#AskExcelinEd: What does National School Choice Week mean to you?

Next week we celebrate National School Choice Week with more than 32,000 events and activities across the country. Parents, teachers and students will be featuring traditional public schools, public charter schools, private schools, magnet schools, online schools and homeschooling. I personally will be among an estimated 6.7 million participants at National School Choice Week events. […]

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