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Join me for the #AskExcelinEd Summer Learning Series!

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!

New Research Asks, “What do parents want from education?”

  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 […]

Sam Duell Featured on the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Weekly Podcast

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:

#AskExcelinEd: How can we reclaim the potential of Texas public charter schools?

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 […]

Bipartisan Agreement Still Exists

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.

Don’t Be Distracted by Politics

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.”

#AskExcelinEd: What exactly do we mean by “career pathways”?

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”?

Not #FakeNews – Reporting on Education Has Never Been Better

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 […]

One Florida Teacher’s Take on Personalized Learning

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 […]

#AskExcelinEd: How can state policymakers support cross-sector partnerships for CTE programs?

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?