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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 […]

Gov. Jeb Bush Congratulates “Choices in Education” Video Contest Winner from Miami

As part of National School Choice Week, Gov. Jeb Bush recognized Christopher Collot and his son, Jayden, as winners of the national “Choices in Education” video competition during a school tour of Mater Academy Elementary School in Hialeah Gardens. Jayden is a second-grade student at the school’s K-2 campus. “Every child in America deserves access to […]

Winners Announced for the National “Choices in Education” Video Contest

Millions of American families – from single parent to rural families and parents of children with special needs – benefit from the opportunity to find the best educational fit for their child’s unique needs. And each family has an inspiring story to share. As National School Choice Week begins, ExcelinEd proudly joins more than a dozen partners to announce the winners […]

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb Presents Ambitious Plan to help Hoosiers Succeed in School, Careers 

In his State of the State address yesterday, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb presented an ambitious and thoughtful plan to help all Hoosiers pursue their dreams today and in the future. “Our greatest challenge is that too many Hoosiers lack the education and skills for the jobs that are here today and being created tomorrow,” Holcomb […]

Gov. Ivey Highlights Importance of Early Literacy

During her State of the State address yesterday evening, Governor Kay Ivey implored leaders to join her in strengthening Alabama’s education pathways from Pre-K education to workforce training. In her address, Gov. Ivey highlighted her Strong Start, Strong Finish initiative, which calls for every student to have a solid reading foundation by the end of […]

Idaho Gov. Otter Focuses on Literacy & Careers in State of the State

In his 12th and final “State of the State” address, Gov. Butch Otter celebrated Idaho’s education gains with a firm focus on improving early literacy efforts and student-centered pathways to success in careers and in life. In the upcoming state budget, Otter supports an additional $6.5 million to expand early literacy interventions for struggling readers, recognizing […]

Arizona Governor Ducey Praises Educational Improvements and Calls for Expanded Career and Technical Education

During yesterday’s state of the state address, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey pledged to continue investing in educational programs that are working, including career and technical education, computer science and coding, narrowing the achievement gap and adding high-speed internet to rural schools. Eighty percent of his new budget priorities are for public education. For the past […]

New ExcelinEd Policy Resource Helps States Improve Their Career and Technical Education Programs

The “skills gap” in today’s workforce is real. The Department of Labor released the statistic this summer of 6.2 million job openings nationwide—yet at the same time, 7 million Americans were unemployed. This disconnect takes a tremendous toll on individuals and our nation’s economy. Preparing students for entry and advancement in today’s workforce has become […]

Public Voting Underway for National “Choices in Education” Video Contest

The public now has the unique opportunity to see and hear American families, adults and children share personal stories about how “choices in education” changed their lives. Hundreds of families from across the country shared their stories for the “Choices in Education” video contest over the past two months and now the public can vote […]

North Carolina Redesigns School Report Cards for Accountability, Transparency

Today, North Carolina State Superintendent Mark Johnson unveiled a complete redesign of the state’s school report card website that will provide clear, transparent information on local school performance to parents, teachers, students and communities statewide. The new website,, was developed at the direction of Superintendent Johnson and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction […]