Welcome to our new #AskExcelinEd series on the National Summit on Education Reform (#EIE18)! Follow along for sneak peeks at the can’t-miss conversations we have planned for #EIE18 taking place in Washington, D.C., on December 5-7. Today, James Paul, ExcelinEd’s Associate Policy Director for Education Choice, kicks off the series by highlighting strategy sessions on open enrollment […]
A recent analysis of students participating in Alabama’s tax-credit scholarship program shows encouraging signs for the young program. While limited by available data, researchers at the University of Alabama reviewed test score results for participating students and compared the results to public school students in the state, finding that participating students tend to outperform similarly-situated students in […]
We’ve recently released the third publication in our Career and Technical Education (CTE) Playbook Series. This new playbook guides state policymakers through a three-phase audit process to address such core questions and assess CTE program quality, alignment and overall effectiveness.
I grew up in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. My parents did their best to support us financially, but at the end of the day, they left it up to my siblings and me to figure out our own pathways to success.
While working with states to implement innovative student-centered learning policies and programs, ExcelinEd has identified policies and practices that hinder new student-centered learning models. Transitioning to Student-Centered Learning: Policy Solutions for States is a policy brief series dedicated to addressing these challenges. This is the second brief in the series. The Challenge of Standardized State […]
It’s been another tough summer in the nation’s capital. I am one of those rare creatures who was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and I love my hometown very much. But even I would admit that, this summer, Washington lived up to its reputation as “The Swamp”—politically and meteorologically. I need crisp fall air, some exciting new ideas and a little inspiration, and I don’t think I’m alone. (I should also probably cut back on my escapist consumption of Bravo television shows, but that’s a subject for another day.)
My passion for education really started with my family. My mom was born in Spain in the 1930s around the Spanish Civil War. She left school in the third grade to work in a factory as a seamstress. My father was born in the 1940s around World War II. He graduated from high school and went immediately into the Air Force. These two constantly encouraged me and my siblings to do better in school. To them, an education offered the opportunity to have greater choices about what we wanted to be and how we could make a difference.
Families from across the country are observing September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month to recognize the more than 15,000 youth diagnosed with cancer every year. Florida mom and pediatric cancer advocate Cristina Maxwell shares her son’s story of overcoming cancer and finding the best educational options. Nic Maxwell recently began his second year on the […]
I’m winding down my summer reading Flannery O’Connor, talent shortage surveys and our new CTE playbook!
View our position on the new Internal Revenue Service guidelines on tax credits. New proposed rules from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) mark a turning point in how the federal government views state tax credits. If implemented, the new rules will have a significant impact on tax-credit scholarship programs in several states. Previously, taxpayers could […]