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#AskExcelinEd: How can we reclaim the potential of Texas public charter schools?

According to a paper ExcelinEd released this week in collaboration with the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Texas Business Leadership Council and Texas Aspires, it has never been more difficult for a Texas charter application to be approved than it is today. This is an odd conundrum because Texas is known nationally for its public charter […]

Bipartisan Agreement Still Exists

Two days ago—a week before more than 4,000 people will gather at the National Charter School Conference—the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce heard testimony regarding public charter schools. And the conversation was surprising.

Don’t Be Distracted by Politics

A few weeks ago during National Charter Schools Week, Governor Jeb Bush encouraged policymakers “to not be distracted by politics.” Today, we take that to heart as we consider a recent report from the Journey for Justice Alliance called, “Failing Brown v. Board: A Continuous Struggle Against Inequity in Public Education.”

#AskExcelinEd: What exactly do we mean by “career pathways”?

Across states, there is considerable—and justifiable—political and economic momentum behind expanding career pathways for students and young adults. Indeed, it’s one of the rare bipartisan issues in education right now. (We hope it stays that way.) But what exactly do we mean when we use the term “career pathway”?

Not #FakeNews – Reporting on Education Has Never Been Better

I was a newspaper reporter for 17 years and I loved it. But Ben Chapman of the New York Daily News summed up the profession in a simple tweet last month: “The pay sucks and the hours are long. But at the end of the day, everybody hates you.” But as the number of newspaper […]

One Florida Teacher’s Take on Personalized Learning

P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, a public K-12 school connected with the University of Florida, has an extensive history of implementing innovative education models that improve outcomes for students. In the last few years, leaders at the school have taken a unique approach to personalizing each student’s educational journey by creating pathways that provide students […]

#AskExcelinEd: How can state policymakers support cross-sector partnerships for CTE programs?

Most cross-sector partnerships that support career and technical education (CTE) programs develop and operate at the regional and local levels. After all, these are the communities where K-12 schools, institutions of higher education and businesses are most engaged. Yet cross-sector partnerships still need state-level engagement to improve their chances for success. Indeed, regional and local partnerships often depend on state agencies and statewide initiatives to secure the flexibility, funding and resources needed for long-term sustainability. So what can state policymakers do to support cross-sector partnerships for CTE?

My Charter School Prepared Me for Success in College and in Life

Throughout my education, I’ve asked myself the recurring question many students ask themselves – how will this prepare me for the future? Recently as National Charter Schools Week was celebrated, I was reminded how my public charter school provided me with an obtainable career path and the correct tools and resources to succeed. Growing up, […]

Research Finds Positive Outcomes for North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship Students

Today, a new study was released that looks at academic performance in the North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship Program (NC OSP). The study, led by Dr. Anna Egalite and colleagues at North Carolina State University, finds “large positive impacts associated with voucher usage in North Carolina.” The results were for reading, math, and language, and were […]

#AskExcelinEd: What are key elements of strong cross-sector partnerships for CTE programs?

ExcelinEd’s latest playbook series helps stakeholders better align career and technical education (CTE) programs with industry demands in their region and state. The five playbooks and accompanying resources will provide state education leaders and local employers a practical guide for improving the “education to career” pipelines in their states. Successful CTE programs depend on cross-sector […]

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