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Protecting Students in Charter Schools During the COVID-19 Financial Crisis

We know the challenges all too well at this point. They relate to health, livelihoods and educating our children. It is likely that no one will be completely immune to the effects. Public schools and private schools, online schools and homeschools will all be challenged. During National Charter Schools Week, we will focus on public […]

#AskExcelinEd: Amid COVID-19, how can states prepare exiting 3rd graders to ‘read to learn’ in 4th grade?

In 2019, 35% of fourth-grade students in the U.S. performed at or above NAEP proficient in reading—accounting for just one of every three students. Students of color and those living in poverty or rural areas had an even lower probability of achieving proficiency. And this is before a projected COVID-19 learning loss. Just a few […]

Untapped Promise in Charter School Policy

This is National Charter Schools Week, and it feels different this year. Health crises, deepening education divides and economic disaster come to mind. Robin Lake (CRPE) summed it up when she briefed Congress last week. “There is no way to buy our way out of this problem. More federal funding will almost certainly be needed, […]

‘Equitable Services’ Funding – A Potential Lifeline for Private Schools

Updated as June 25, 2020 upon a final ruling from US Department of Education In response to comments on US Department of Education (DOE) guidance on how states and local education agencies (LEA) should determine equitable services for non-public schools under the CARES Act, DOE issued an interim final rule (IFR) on June 25, 2020. […]

#FactFriday: It’s Children’s Book Week!

We’re celebrating Children’s Book Week by sharing some of our favorite early literacy resources for at-home learning. Visit to learn how your state can empower every child to read and succeed. Early Literacy Resources for Families The Barbara Bush Foundation has created an educational toolkit to help parents and children learn together at home. Who can be […]

#AskExcelinEd: How can states accelerate students from high school to college and careers?

Last month was the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission to land on the moon—a mission that became known as “a successful failure.” As you may remember, the mission failed when an explosion in one of the oxygen tanks caused a series of cascading problems that threatened the safety of the astronauts. NASA had […]

#ClassWithJeb: Lessons in Teamwork & Grit with David Ross

As the manager of the Chicago Cubs, David Ross shares his insights on how the perseverance needed to excel in sports can benefit students beyond the diamond. Ross reflects on the importance of teamwork in reaching a shared goal as well as the leadership skills needed to guide a team and individual players to reach […]

#ClassWithJeb: Lessons in Media with Dana Perino

Drawing from her experience on the front lines of media and communications, former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino shares insights on public service, mentoring and what it is like to answer—and ask—the tough questions. Watch the Video Lessons in Media with Dana Perino

New #ClassWithJeb Lessons in Teamwork and Media

The newest #ClassWithJeb lessons are out and ready for teachers and students (of all ages!) across the country. Check out the lessons below from former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino and MLB Cubs Manager David Ross for insightful and engaging lessons as well as accompanying teacher guides. Watch Class in Session Remember to check back […]

#FactFriday: 5,750,520 U.S. students attend private schools

Public schools could face an influx of private school students unless leaders act.