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Idaho Boosts Workforce Development in Midst of Population Boom

With more people pursuing their personal and professional dreams in Idaho, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter has signed two bills reinforcing strong alignment between K-12 education and workforce demand. In his final legislative session, Governor Otter championed a workforce development package that positively affects current and future Idahoans for years to come. As the fastest growing […]

More Utah Schools Can Create Classrooms of the Future

Following the lead of local schools seeking the best way to help students, Utah has been among the national leaders in creating classrooms of the future that focus on students’ mastery of knowledge and skills rather than seat-time. Responding to high demand from schools and local communities, Senate Bill 132 expands a competency-based pilot program […]

Landmark Decision Validates Louisiana’s Charter Schools

Today, the Louisiana Supreme Court issued a ruling in the case of Iberville Parish School Board, et al v. Louisiana State Elementary and Secondary Education Board, upholding the constitutionality of the state’s charter school funding model. “This landmark decision validates the important role of charter schools in helping thousands of Louisiana students receive a quality […]

Gov. Bush: Legislation Brings Florida Closer to Educational Freedom

Today, Governor Jeb Bush, Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education released the following statement on the signing of House Bill 7055 by Governor Rick Scott. “Today is a life-changing day for thousands of Florida families, especially those who have faced significant barriers to finding the right learning environment for their child.   […]

North Dakota Districts Can Have More Flexibility and Local Control

North Dakota school districts have a new opportunity to implement innovative learning programs with more local control and the flexibility to redesign their schools with a more student-centered focus. The Innovation Education Program is among a growing number of ground-breaking proposals around the nation as more states consider how to empower schools to rebuild systems […]

ExcelinEd Shares National Mastery-Based Education Policy Trends with Idaho Lawmakers

Last week, ExcelinEd Policy Director for Personalized Learning Karla Phillips discussed the national policy trends supporting mastery-based, personalized learning before the Idaho House and Senate education committees. “We believe the power of a personalized approach supported by a mastery-based structure has the potential to better inform students and their families with an accurate view of […]

Landmark Decision Validates Mississippi’s Charter Schools

Today, Hinds County Chancery Court Judge Dewayne Thomas upheld the constitutionality of the Mississippi Charter Schools Act, which allows state funding to follow students who attend public charter schools. The decision helps hundreds of families – whose children attend charter schools – continue to access a quality education.  “The Court’s ruling is a clear victory for Mississippi families, especially those struggling […]

Gov. Hutchinson Highlights Importance of Career Pathways and Early Literacy 

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson opened the 2018 Fiscal Session by delivering his State of the State Address where he highlighted the significant strides Arkansas has made in computer science and early literacy. He focused on the work his administration has done to create a top computer science program and directed continued financial support of the program and opportunities to expand it in the future. Gov. Hutchinson also touted the Reading Initiative for Student […]

Nevada Now Accepting Applications for Competency-Based Education Network 

Dear Friend, I’m pleased to share with you that the Nevada Department of Education announced they are now accepting applications for their Competency-Based Education Network. School districts wishing to implement an innovative approach that allows flexibility in the classroom can join the network to study and establish recommendations for implementing personalized learning initiatives statewide. Nevada is empowering schools to create a flexible path […]

Gov. Haslam Prioritized Accountability and Career and Technical Education in Final State of the State Address

In his final State of the State address yesterday, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam touted the rapid gains Tennessee has made in education. He also urged leaders to join him in continuing to improve academic standards, accountability and educational opportunities for all students. Additionally, he prioritized preparing students for skilled trades in high demand. “Tennessee is now viewed as a change agent, an innovator in the world […]

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