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#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 […]

#AskExcelinEd: What are the challenges to college acceleration opportunities?

States can jumpstart college-learning in high school. College acceleration opportunities like Advanced Placement, Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education, College Level Examination Program, dual credit, early college high school and International Baccalaureate can help high school students prepare for college-level work while they earn valuable college credit or work toward a postsecondary credential. Best of […]

#ClassWithJeb: Brad Meltzer and the Arts

New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer shares insights from his successful career as an author and his thoughts on why writing is such an important element of a student’s education. Watch the Video  

State Spotlight: Florida’s CARES Plan Wisely Invests to Support Educators, Students

Florida is using its CARES Act funds to boost reading proficiency, stem learning loss, and prepare educators for virtual instruction. 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 flow directly […]

Special Education and Distance Learning: Parent-Recommended Policy Ideas for State and District Leaders

Like so many parents across the nation, I am still adjusting to the “new normal” of working remotely full time and also helping my two children thrive in an online learning environment. Through the pandemic we have seen many school, district and state leaders tackle the challenge of distance learning head-on, bringing new innovative practices […]

#FactFriday: High schoolers can earn college credit through these 6 programs

College acceleration opportunities can help high school students prepare for college-level work while they earn valuable college credit or work toward a postsecondary credential. Learn how your state can improve these opportunities for all students in ExcelinEd’s new playbook, Accelerating Students from High School to College and Careers. What Others Are Saying When done right, #dualenrollment […]

#AskExcelinEd: How can states use microgrants to rethink K-12 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). As governors across the country decide how to spend GEER funding, some are also applying to the Department’s Rethink K-12 Education Discretionary Grant Program. […]

#ClassWithJeb: Lessons in Leadership & Entrepreneurship

New #ClassWithJeb lessons are ready for teachers and students! Check out insightful and engaging lessons from Dee Bagwell Haslam, owner of the Cleveland Browns and CEO of RIVR Media Companies, and Evan Spiegel, co-founder and CEO of Snap, Inc. Watch Class in Session Visit ExcelinEd.org/ClassWithJeb for more lessons from today’s visionaries. Lessons in Leadership with Dee Bagwell Haslam Dee Bagwell Haslam, owner of […]

#ClassWithJeb: Lessons in Leadership with Dee Bagwell Haslam

Cleveland Browns owner, Dee Haslam, discusses leadership and the importance of philanthropic engagement. Watch the Video Leadership with Dee Bagwell Haslam