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State Actions – Policies and Progress Across the Nation, May 2016

  ARIZONA On May 10, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed the comprehensive 2016-2017 budget (HB 2707) into law that included funding for College Credit incentives, a program that rewards schools and teachers for helping students successfully complete Advanced Placement (AP) and other college-level courses. Also this month, Governor Ducey signed SB 1457 to allow students […]

Colorado Governor Signs Career and Technical Training Bill  

May 27, 2016 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB 1289 into law establishing incentives for high schools to offer career and technical education opportunities to students in high-demand fields. Schools will be rewarded for each student who earns an industry-recognized credential. If funds allow, schools will also be rewarded if a […]

Jeb Bush to serve as Chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education

May 24, 2016 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) today announced the election of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush as Chairman and President of its Board of Directors. Governor Bush replaces Dr. Condoleezza Rice, who has served as Chair since January 2015 and remains a member of the Board of Directors. […]

ExcelinEd Commends Georgia’s A-F School Grading System  

May 24, 2016 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s Office of Student Achievement released the first annual A-F school grades for Georgia’s more than 2,200 schools. Grades are determined by a combination of factors, including student achievement, student growth and achievement gap closure, and can viewed at Schoolgrades.Georgia.Gov. Georgia is setting high expectations for students […]

ExcelinEd Commends Arizona on Efforts to Refine A-F School Grading System

Tallahassee, Fla. – Since 2010, Arizona has employed an A-F School Grading System to help spur improvement among all schools. Equally important, the grades provide critical information about school performance to parents, educators and the public. Today, the Arizona State Board of Education began the process of refining that system to better serve students and […]

Statement from Patricia Levesque, CEO of the Foundation for Excellence in Education regarding Duncan v. State of Nevada

“Today, Judge Eric Johnson made the right ruling in upholding Nevada’s Education Savings Account program. “We applaud Judge Johnson for granting the state’s motion to dismiss, which helps clear the way for more than 5,000 families to get on with the business of seeking the best educational options for their children. “We call on the […]

Arizona Governor Commits Record College Credit Incentive Funding  

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey approved a comprehensive 2016-2017 budget that included strong support for College Credit incentives, a program that rewards schools and teachers for helping students successfully complete Advanced Placement (AP) and other college-level courses. “Today’s students will be driving tomorrow’s economy. Advanced course work can make a positive and […]

Arkansas Governor Approves Succeed Scholarship Program Funding  

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Asa Hutchinson signed Arkansas’ 2016-2017 budget (SB 59) which included funding for the Succeed Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities.  This groundbreaking program allows up to 100 students with an individualized education plan (IEP) to receive a scholarship to a private school of choice, empowering parents to choose the school […]

Personalizing Learning for Students with Disabilities

This week, our friends at the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) released a new report, Personalized Learning: Meeting the Needs of Students with Disabilities. This report represents the culmination of a year-long project engaging experts, educators and advocates to determine the challenges and opportunities posed by a personalized learning experience for students with special needs. […]

Tennessee Governor Commits Record Funding to Early Literacy

Dear Friend, Reading is a fundamental life skill. When mastered in the early grades, it becomes a gateway to success in school and life. Last month, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed a comprehensive budget in SB 2653 that included strong support for early literacy. The 2016-2017 budget allocates $9 million for a statewide coaching and intervention initiative that will […]