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#AskExcelinEd: What is CTE, and how can it serve students in your state?

At ExcelinEd, we focus a lot on what it takes to develop high-quality state career and technical education (CTE) programs. Whether we are supporting governors and state lawmakers or working with state and local education and workforce agencies, our focus is on the development of state CTE programs that are robust, relevant and fully aligned […]

The Dynamic Duo: CTE and School Counseling

Today is not only the start of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, it is also the start of School Counseling Week. I don’t know about you, but I take celebrating CTE Month and School Counseling Week very seriously. It’s the perfect opportunity to thank CTE teachers and counselors for their important work. And after […]

#FactFriday: An estimated 13.7 million people celebrated #NSCW this week

For a decade, educators, families, students and leaders have used National School Choice Week to raise awareness of opportunity in K-12 education. Visit to SchoolChoiceWeek.com learn more about this annual celebration, and head to ExcelinEd.org/Opportunity to find out how school choice can open doors and create opportunity for families in your state. What Others Are […]

Who Uses School Choice?

In 2011, just 150 events took place to celebrate the first-ever National School Choice Week. This year, the annual celebration of opportunity in education sparked nearly 52,000 events. But just who, exactly, uses the school choice opportunities that millions are celebrating in 2020? Affluent families have always had access to school choice—whether they elect to […]

Cabral Clements: Where is he now?

Cabral Clements—a public charter school graduate from Atlanta, Georgia—was one of the winners of ExcelinEd’s 2017 Choices in Education video competition. While a student, he was living outside of the required school district to get a better education. Because North Springs Charter School of Arts and Sciences is a public charter school, Cabral had the […]

Don’t Believe the Hype: School Choice is Alive (And Growing)

Teachers, students and their families gather on the steps of the South Carolina Capitol to celebrate school choice. Headlines in recent months might leave you thinking that school choice is dead. Washington, D.C., has seen a small decrease in charter enrollment. States are refusing federal charter school grants and passing laws that make it easier […]

#AskExcelinEd: What do families want for their children’s education?

This is National School Choice Week, a time when you may read about families choosing one school over another. To policymakers and education professionals, the choice can appear binary. Public schools or private ones. Full-time online schools or full-time brick-and-mortar schools. But I’m not so sure parents and families think like that. How do they […]

Tricia Shelton: Where is she now?

Deciding what school will work best for one child can be challenging enough. Can you imagine having to do it for three children? Tricia Shelton—now a mother of three, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—was one of the finalists in ExcelinEd’s 2017 Choices in Education Video Competition. In the video she submitted for the competition, Tricia Shelton described […]

How States Can Address Charter School Facility Needs

Nationwide, over 3 million students are enrolled in public charter schools, and an additional 2 million students want to attend a charter school but cannot access one. Despite their obvious success, public charter schools often lack access to affordable facilities. Traditional public schools can raise local funding specifically for facilities. Charter schools cannot. Instead, they generally […]

The History of School Choice

National School Choice Week (NSCW) provides an opportunity for students, parents, teachers, advocates and policymakers to highlight the existing array of K-12 school options and the benefits of school choice. Though NSCW started in 2011, the idea of “school choice” long predates the week that now celebrates it. As stakeholders across the nation reflect on […]