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#AskExcelinEd – Why do people start public charter schools?

As we continue to celebrate National Charter Schools Week, ExcelinEd Associate Director of Policy Sam Duell highlights seven stories from seven states of people who have founded charter schools to improve their communities.  Why do people start public charter schools? It’s a question you may hear this week as advocates and adversaries debate the charter school […]

Charter Schools and the American Experience

The Louisiana Supreme Court recently ruled that state-authorized charter schools are, in fact, public schools and are owed public funds raised for public school students. After four years of legal back-and-forth, 16,000 students in more than 40 Louisiana schools can rest assured that the education at their school of choice will be funded for the foreseeable […]

Charter School Alumnus: Education Should Be About Children and Their Families

When you talk about helping students who may live in poverty, it’s not just enough to push them “to and through” college. We have to equip students and their families with the skills they all need for college and careers.

Giving My Son What I Never Had – A Choice – At a Charter School

“Seeing students thrive in different learning environment is a reminder that education choice is fundamental to their success. As we kick off National Charter Schools Week, I applaud the families and educators making a real difference in the lives and futures of so many great kids. I encourage policymakers to not be distracted by the […]

When Life-Giving Solutions Aren’t Enough

An Oklahoma City charter school applicant gained some press lately and left Education Post wondering, “Why is Oklahoma City Blocking This School for Native American Kids?”

#AskExcelinEd: How Should Chronic Absenteeism Factor into Accountability?

This week we take a look at ESSA and chronic absenteeism with Associate Director of K-12 Liya Amelga explaining what state accountability systems should measure. Last week, I tuned into the webcast of the Beyond Reading and Math: How to Accelerate Success for Students. The event served as a launching pad for a discussion on the […]

Celebrating Mathematics Awareness Month with F.W. Buchholz High School

Despite the perfect summer weather, more than 50 middle and high school students gathered inside the walls of F.W. Buchholz High School in Gainesville, Florida for their fourth consecutive week of competitive math practice. Yes, you read that correctly – competitive math. When ExcelinEd visited the school last July, students were hard at work practicing […]

Studying Educational Choice: The long and short of it.

If educational choice programs are to be judged by testing gains—which they often are—it is vital to establish a link between a program’s effect on short-term achievement with its effect on long-term attainment. This has been at the center of a recent debate, spurred by publication of a provocatively-titled meta-analysis, “Do Test Scores Even Matter? […]

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work in Tallahassee

Today, we celebrated Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day in our Tallahassee offices with the children of several members of our team. The kids of our communications team were put to work producing a blog where they each interviewed a different ExcelinEd employee. Here’s the result of their work! Interview 1: Mary Elekes […]

Desert Flowers: Time for charters to bloom in new places.

New analysis by Fordham suggests charters have plenty of opportunity to expand.   The Thomas B. Fordham Institute published a geographical analysis and interactive website today that shows the saturation (or lack) of charter elementary schools in socio-economically disadvantaged areas. The report identifies geographic locations with both high rates of poverty and no charter elementary […]