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State Actions Update – July 2020

National  The U.S. Department of Education awarded more than $180 million in grant funding to 11 states rethinking education to better serve students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Awardees include Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, North Carolina, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas. Several states will offer microgrants to parents to access multiple remote-learning options from multiple providers, allowing them to tailor […]

South Carolina Governor McMaster Expands Educational Opportunities

Today, Governor Henry McMaster announced a historic investment to meet the educational needs of working families suffering from the economic impacts of COVID-19. The Safe Access to Flexible Education (SAFE) Grants program creates scholarship accounts for 5,000 low- and middle-income families to cover tuition and fees, including transportation, at participating South Carolina independent schools. It […]

Iowa Expands Opportunities for Students to Access Schools that Best Meet Their Needs

Thousands of Iowa students will have access to more educational opportunities thanks to an expansion of the successful Student Tuition Organization tax credit program. Governor Kim Reynolds signed HF 2641, which increases the cap on the program to meet the demand of underserved students to attend a school that is a best fit for their […]

State Actions Update – June 2020

Colorado The Colorado Legislature passed a bill that creates a path for awarding postsecondary academic credit based on work-related experience, giving students a head start on postsecondary preparation and making it more reachable and affordable. HB20-1002, sponsored by Rep. Barbara McLachlan, awaits signature by Governor Jared Polis. HB20-1295, which would have required an audit of […]

Supreme Court Frees States to Expand Educational Options for Underserved

Statement by Governor Jeb Bush, founder and chairman of ExcelinEd, on today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. “For years, the archaic obstacle of Blaine Amendments has kept thousands of students and families away from the opportunity to attend schools other than those assigned to them solely by where they […]

Statement from Gov. Jeb Bush on Expanding Florida’s Family Empowerment Scholarships

Statement from Gov. Jeb Bush, Founder and Chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signing House Bill 7067, which more than doubles the number of Family Empowerment Scholarships available to Florida families. “Florida continues to be a national leader in educational opportunity for families and students.   “As our […]

Statement from Gov. Jeb Bush on Teacher Pay Increase in Florida

Statement from Gov. Jeb Bush, Founder and Chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, on Gov. Ron DeSantis signing House Bill 641 which raises beginning teacher pay and provides incentives for districts when students earn an Advanced Placement Capstone Diploma. “Florida’s teachers have the power to change the lives of hundreds of thousands of […]

Governor Jeb Bush and Columba Bush Honor 2020 Arts for Life! Scholarship Winners

21st Annual Scholarship Program Honors 25 High School Seniors Today, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, founder and chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd), and former first lady of Florida, Columba Bush, celebrated the 2020 Arts for Life! scholarship winners during a virtual celebration. Mrs. Bush, a passionate advocate for the arts and arts education, established Arts for […]

Statement from Governor Jeb Bush

Our cities and our communities are grieving over the agonies of racial violence and injustice, too long tolerated in a nation promising equality for all.     Today’s truth is that that promise remains unfilled for Americans of color, who have struggled for two centuries to be seen and heard as equals.    We see you, and […]

Hundreds of Utah Students with Special Needs Now Have Access to More Education Options

During a special session, the Utah Legislature and Governor Gary Herbert reached a compromise on the creation of the Special Needs Opportunity Scholarship Program. House Bill 4003 provides hundreds of Utah students with special needs the opportunity to customize their education.   “Now more than ever, students and families are desperately seeking flexibility and options to […]