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Idaho Expands Educational Opportunities Despite Pandemic

On Friday, Idaho Governor Brad Little announced a significant investment of $50 million in CARES Act funding directly to parents through his Strong Families, Strong Students initiative. The program will allow Idaho families to better customize their child’s education and meet the challenges of remote learning by providing up to $1,500 per child ($3,500 maximum […]

U.S. Department of Education Confirms Testing Will Continue to Address Learning Gaps

This week, the U.S. Department of Education advised states not to expect any additional waivers to federal testing requirements, which are outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA. Testing is critical to ensuring that parents and educators have the data to better understand, particularly amid learning disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, where […]

The Reading League Journal – The Perfect Storm: Mississippi’s Momentum for Improving Reading Achievement

The following excerpt was originally published in The Reading League Journal – May 2020 Edition and is shared with permission. A perfect storm is a “combination of events or circumstances creating an unusually bad situation” (“Perfect Storm,” 2020). High poverty, inequitable access to a high-quality education for poor families and students of color, and a […]

Need Your Help to Protect Education Options for Florida Families

  I am deeply concerned for the countless Florida students and their families who need access to in-person learning. Over the last few weeks, I have talked with several parents who are worried their children won’t have access to the in-person instruction they need to be successful. That fear is now closer to reality because […]

Saving North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program

The 2020-2021 school year begins unlike any in recent history. Parents, (disproportionately mothers), are deciding between staying home with their children to monitor virtual learning or working to secure their income. Students returning to the classroom could experience unprecedented learning loss due to the abrupt and sometimes ineffective shift to remote learning in Spring 2020. […]

State Spotlights: Michigan, New Hampshire and Massachusetts Invest CARES Act Funding to Support Students and Educators

Right now, governors can help students, families and educators in their state respond to and recover from continued effects of COVID-19. Leaders in Michigan, New Hampshire and Massachusetts recently announced their initiatives utilizing CARES Act funding aimed at education support and recovery. Michigan Last week, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced her priorities to direct $65 million […]

Supporting Teachers: Our Hoover Dam

During the Great Depression, the government funded major infrastructure projects, like dams, bridges and airports, that not only provided jobs but also had a long-lasting impact on the U.S. economy.  A 21st-century equivalent of building the Hoover Dam is an equally important investment: our K-12 teachers. Especially during this pandemic year, states are wisely providing […]

State Spotlight: Governor Ivey Supports Alabama’s Rural and Struggling Students Through CARES Act Funds

Alabama is using its CARES Act funds to bridge the digital divide, improve remote learning opportunities and offer intensive academic supports. Highlights from Alabama’s Plan Governor Kay Ivey recently announced her priorities to direct CARES Act funds to help Alabama’s large rural student population stay connected if campuses are closed for in-person instruction. The plan also invests […]

South Carolina Invests in Educational Opportunities for Students

As states navigate the COVID-19 landscape, Governor Henry McMaster of South Carolina has provided an example of how governors can invest federal dollars to create new educational opportunities for students. On July 20, Governor McMaster announced he intended to allocate $32 million of the state’s $48 million in GEER funding provided by the CARES Act to create […]

#AskExcelinEd Video: How can high schoolers earn valuable college credits?

In two minutes, learn how states can jump-start college learning in high school. College acceleration opportunities offer high school students the chance to prepare for college-level expectations while earning valuable college credit. Best of all, the earned credit from opportunities like Advanced Placement (AP), Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), dual credit, […]