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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 Care.com and Parents.com. 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 […]

#FactFriday: 21 facts about Arts For Life! for 21 years of scholarships

Mrs. Columba Bush established Arts for Life! in 1999 to recognize the creativity and artistic talents of Florida’s high school students. Earlier this month, the program celebrated its 21st class of scholarship winners. And today, we’re celebrating with 21 facts about Arts for Life! 21 Facts About Arts for Life! 1 The program has been awarding scholarships to graduating […]

State Spotlight: Arizona Students, Educators Receive Strong Support from Governor Ducey’s CARES Act Plan

Arizona is using its CARES Act funds to fuel innovative solutions, provide extra supports in high-need schools and improve distance learning options. Background In March, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help states address the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The bulk of the education funds […]

#AskExcelinEd: How do Blaine Amendments Impact School Choice Policy?

In 2018 the State of Montana 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 constitutional provision from the 1870s that prevents religious institutions from receiving public benefits, such […]

State Spotlight: Virginia’s CARES Plan Invests in Students’ Academic and Emotional Needs

Virginia is using its CARES Act funds to address instructional loss, prepare educators for virtual instruction and support students’ social and emotional needs. Background In March, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help states address the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The bulk of the education […]