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Can districts and charters form Pandemic Pods too?

For the longest time, August and September were the months when students leave their homes to go to school. As the Center on Reinventing Public Education noted last week, that’s changed. Robin Lake and Bree Dusseault observed that only 16 of the 106 districts in their database are “still committed to opening the school year […]

State Spotlight: Texas’ Student-Centered Response to COVID-19

With 5.4 million students to serve, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) is thinking innovatively to make certain all students and families have the opportunity to succeed. When COVID-19 disrupted the traditional model, Commissioner Mike Morath and his team quickly created policies to help ensure students would not fall through the cracks.  Last week, ExcelinEd hosted Commissioner Morath and Jennifer Esterline, founder and director of Educate Texas’ Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium, for a deep dive into about the state’s COVID-19 strategy and […]

WATCH: Jeb Bush on Equity in School Accountability

Making Next Year Count: Equity in School Accountability Last week, Bellwether Education Partners hosted a timely conversation on school accountability with Governor Jeb Bush, The Education Trust’s John B. King, Jr., and CCSSO’s Carissa Moffat Miller. In the webinar with Bellwether’s Andy Rotherham, these three national leaders discuss the past two decades of states’ successes and […]

#AskExcelinEd: 4 Questions to Assess Parent Satisfaction with Distance Learning

This spring, educators and families nationwide navigated a heroic transition to distance learning. Now, new surveys and polls are offering insight into what worked and what didn’t. We reviewed these resources and identified four questions states and schools can consider as they assess parent satisfaction with distance learning. As schools across the country grapple with […]

State Spotlight: Governor Stitt’s GEER Funding Plan Expands Opportunities for All Oklahoma Students

Oklahoma is using its CARES Act funds to expand online course access, safeguard private school education options and provide families the flexibility to purchase necessary digital tools.   Highlights from Oklahoma’s Plan   Today, Governor Kevin Stitt released his innovative and student-centered plan for investing the CARES Act funding to allow students from diverse backgrounds to access the quality resources they need in order to continue their education journey amid these […]

#FactFriday: This week is National Summer Learning Week!

Research from NWEA shows that students may return to school this fall with “roughly only 70% of the learning gains in reading relative to a typical school year and less than 50% of the gains in math.” This summer, there are more online resources for families to help keep their students learning. Celebrate National Summer […]

#AskExcelinEd: How can students continue learning this summer?

It’s National Summer Learning Week! Ordinarily, the “summer learning slide” can result in months of learning loss for students while students are out school. However, with early school closures due to COVID-19, students are projected to return to school this fall with only 70% of the learning gains in reading and less than 50% of […]

Happy Independence Day!

Fourth of July celebrations will look a little different this year. Check out these holiday activities to add some fun and learning to your holiday weekend! Explore history and facts on Independence Day from National Geographic with your kids. Challenge your family on their Fourth of July or American History knowledge. Find some fun activities to do from home from and What Others Are Saying […]

#AskExcelinEd: How can states use CARES Act funding for education?

As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the U.S. Department of Education made available almost $3 billion for the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER). Governors across the nation must be strategic with their use of GEER funds to support education in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Right now governors […]

Another Step Toward Equity

In 2018, Montana Supreme Court struck down a tax-credit funded scholarship program that allowed low-income students to access private schools. The Montana Supreme Court reasoned that because students could take scholarships to faith-based schools, the entire program violated Montana’s Blaine Amendment, a 19th-century constitutional provision that prevents religious institutions from receiving public benefits, such as […]