Welcome to the #AskExcelinEd Summer Learning Series. Follow along as the ExcelinEd team shares what they are learning over the summer. And remember to join us on social media to ask your burning policy questions. Enjoy!
A division of the Walton Family Foundation commissioned new qualitative research to understand what parents want from education. While the results may seem obvious to parents, they might be surprising to policymakers. The research, What Parents Want from Education: The Case for Real Choices, was presented at the National Charter School Conference last week […]
This week Dr. Kevin Roberts of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, hosted our own Sam Duell on The Foundation Podcast. During the interview, Dr. Roberts and Duell discussed how charter schools help improve educational opportunities for students and the policy changes needed to accomplish this goal. Listen here:
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 […]
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.
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.”
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”?
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 […]
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 […]
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?