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Statement from Gov. Jeb Bush on Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey Signing SB 1431

Statement from Gov. Jeb Bush, chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, on Gov. Doug Ducey signing SB 1431 and expanding the Empowerment Scholarship Account program to all families and students. “This is an historic moment for the state of Arizona, its families and most importantly the generations of students who will benefit from […]

Statement from Eric Cantor on Veto of Virginia Charter School Legislation

Today, Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) board member Eric Cantor released the following statement on Governor Terry McAuliffe’s decision to veto Senate Bill 1283 and House Bill 2342, which would have expanded educational options for underserved students in the commonwealth of Virginia. “Despite a growing chorus of voices calling for greater education options for students trapped […]

Statement from ExcelinEd CEO Patricia Levesque on the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District

Tallahassee, Fla – Today, Patricia Levesque, CEO of the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) released the following statement on U.S. Supreme Court decision on Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District. “The Court held that in order to meet its obligations under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a school must provide an individualized education […]

Gov. Bevin Signs Bill to Expand School Choice Options for Bluegrass Families and Students

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed House Bill 520 last night, creating new educational options for families across the commonwealth. Kentucky becomes the 44th state in the nation to authorize public charter schools. Nationally, more than 3 million students currently attend charter schools in 43 states. Charter schools are public schools that provide more opportunities to […]

ESSA Implementation: An Update from Washington DC

On March 9, Congress exercised its authority under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn the accountability regulations implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that were issued by the Obama Administration. This unprecedented act may raise some questions for states, which this update attempts to answer. But, our advice to states remains the same […]

Statement on Congressional Vote on ESSA

Tallahassee, Fla – Today, Patricia Levesque, CEO of the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) released the following statement on today’s vote. “Although Congress has overturned the accountability regulations issued under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the ESSA statute and its requirements remain in place. ExcelinEd continues to encourage and assist states in developing strong […]

JUST RELEASED: New ESSA Playbook on Innovation

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides states with new opportunities and flexibilities to promote innovative policies that advance student learning. Today, I am pleased to share the third in a series of ESSA-themed guides, which focuses on innovative strategies that encourage personalization, rigor and excellence. ExcelinEd’s ESSA Innovation Playbook is designed to help state policymakers […]

Does the American Dream still exist?

Economic opportunity and upward mobility are the foundation of the American Dream. However, there is growing evidence that many of today’s students are struggling to advance. Does the American Dream still exist? Find the answer in ExcelinEd’s latest EdPolicy Leaders Online course, Learning to Dream: Education and Economic Mobility.

New ‘Playbook’ Provides Essential Guidance on Interventions to Assist Georgia’s Low-Performing Schools

I am pleased to share ExcelinEd’s latest report, Implementing School Interventions in Georgia. This customized guide provides timely and proven assistance as communities and state leaders consider school turnaround options this year. The playbook helps state policymakers identify how to leverage flexibility within the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and support a rigorous, state-level strategy for turning […]

PRESS RELEASE – An Inside Look at North Carolina’s Read to Achieve Program

North Carolina’s student reading achievement has dramatically increased since the enactment of the state’s Read to Achieve (RtA) Program in 2012. Today, the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) released a first-of-its-kind study on RtA, exploring the program’s successes through the insights of local stakeholders and examining ways to build upon these gains. North Carolina […]