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State Actions Update – March 2019

Alabama A new statewide survey of 587 registered voters in Alabama finds that 76 percent of respondents support allowing parents to choose a school instead of sending them to a school based on their ZIP Code. There was strong support for both expanding public charter schools and continuing the state’s current tax-credit scholarship program (the […]

Mississippi Career Pathways Bill Helps Students and Businesses Succeed

Governor Phil Bryant has signed legislation to ensure all Mississippi students graduate with the skills and abilities they need to succeed in life after high school. Senate Bill 2447 incentivizes schools with grant funding based on the number of students who earn industry certifications tied to middle to high wage careers in in-demand industries. This […]

Three Out of Four of Alabama Voters Want Choice in Education

New poll says voters overwhelmingly support giving parents opportunity to choose where they send their children to school     A new statewide survey of 587 registered voters in Alabama released this week finds that 76 percent of respondents support allowing parents to choose a school instead of sending them to a school based on their zip code.   “It should come as no surprise […]

Mississippi’s Literacy Based Promotion Act Working as Students, Parents and Teachers See Major Gains in Reading

The Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) today released Mississippi’s Literacy-Based Promotion Act: An Inside Look, a study of Mississippi’s Literacy-Based Promotion Act (LBPA) with input from the Mississippi Department of Education and teachers around the state. The impact study also includes interviews with the superintendent and staff from two districts – Jackson Public Schools […]

Alabama Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Charter School

On Friday, the Alabama Supreme Court issued a ruling in the case of LEAD Education Foundation v. Alabama Education Association, in favor of LEAD Academy, a Montgomery charter school that sought to open this year. With this ruling, LEAD Academy can now open its school to begin serving students and families. “The Court’s ruling is […]

Governor Jeb Bush Welcomes former New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez to ExcelinEd Board of Directors

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor Jeb Bush, founder and chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd), announced the addition of Susana Martinez, former Governor of New Mexico and the nation’s first Hispanic female governor, to the organization’s board of directors. “Governor Martinez is a visionary leader, bold advocate and long-time champion for education reform. Her success in […]

Statement: Governor Jeb Bush on the Education Freedom Scholarship

Today, Governor Jeb Bush, founder and chairman of ExcelinEd, issued the following statement on the proposal to create the Education Freedom Scholarship, a legislative effort led by Senator Ted Cruz (R – TX) and Congressman Bradley Byrne (R – AL). The proposal provides $5 billion in federal tax credits for donations made to state-based educational […]

Nearly 80 Percent of Florida Voters Want Choice in Education

New poll says voters overwhelmingly support giving parents opportunity to choose where they send their children to school.   A new statewide survey of 800 registered voters in Florida released this week found that nearly 80 percent of voters support allowing parents to choose a school instead of sending them to a school based on their zip code.   “The vast majority of voters—nearly 80 percent—believe parents […]

Governor Jeb Bush on Governor Ron DeSantis’ Equal Opportunity Scholarship Announcement

Governor Jeb Bush, founder and chairman of ExcelinEd, released the following statement on today’s announcement by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to extend scholarships to more families. “Governor DeSantis’ announcement to increase educational options for Florida’s families speaks to his passion for empowering parents and helping students access a quality education and achieve long-term success in […]

Governor Jeb Bush on Florida College and Career Pathways Initiatives Announcement

Tallahassee, Fla – Governor Jeb Bush, founder and chairman of ExcelinEd, released the following statement on today’s announcement by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on career and technical education and computer science education initiatives. “Congratulations to Governor DeSantis for his bold education agenda to ensure Florida’s success long into the 21st century. From career and technical education […]