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

Louisiana Louisiana ended its regular session on June 8, and Governor Bel Edwards immediately called a special session to address the state’s budget deficit. During the regular session, the legislature proposed funding the Louisiana Scholarship Program (vouchers) at $36 million for FY 2017, but it was ultimately funded at $40 million in the special session […]

Patricia Levesque: Chancellor Henderson’s commitment to improving student outcomes is an example for the nation

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, The Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) released the following statement on Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s upcoming departure from the D.C. Public School District. “Chancellor Henderson’s steadfast commitment to student progress and student success, especially for traditionally underserved students, is a model for all education leaders,” said Patricia Levesque CEO of ExcelinEd. […]

Mississippi Governor Recognized for Leading Education Improvements for Students

Governor Phil Bryant receives the Frank Newman Award for State Innovation Tallahassee, Fla.  – Today, Governor Phil Bryant and the state of Mississippi received the Frank Newman Award for State Innovation. The Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) nominated Governor Bryant and Mississippi for this Education Commission of the States award that recognizes a state […]

AFC and ExcelinEd encourage RNC and DNC platforms to embrace school choice

The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, and the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd), a national leader in reforming education, encourage both the Republican National Committee (RNC) and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to embrace school choice in their official party platforms. “Every child deserves access to a world class […]

Playing the waiting game for my child’s education

Last year, Nevada adopted a historic Education Savings Account (ESA) program to expand choice and opportunity to children in the Silver State. Now, the program is under attack. ESAs place state dollars designated for a child’s education into an account that parents can manage to cover the cost of customized learning, including private school tuition, […]

It’s about the child, not the system: Jeb Bush, podcastED

  Photo from redefinED   What is school choice and how can it help empower parents to get the best education for their students? Jeb Bush, ExcelinEd’s Chairman and former Florida Governor sat down with Denisha Merriweather, intern at Step Up for Students to discuss the importance of school choice on redefinED’s podcast PodcastEd. Listen Now.

A birthright of school choice for all Arizona students

Parental choice in education is about giving every child the chance to learn in a school that is the right fit for him or her. In recent years, Arizona’s traditional public and charter schools have made remarkable progress, and the state’s expansion of educational choice has been a major contributor. ExcelinEd’s Dr. Matthew Ladner has […]

Industry Certifications Prepare Students for In-demand and Better-paying Careers

Much like a professional athlete doesn’t wait to train until they make the team, our students can’t wait until they apply for a job to prepare for a career. Right now, some states are offering students the opportunity to earn employer-valued skills before they leave high school. Otherwise known as industry certifications, these skills lead […]

ICYMI: Jeb Bush on Saving America’s Education System

Today, Governor Jeb Bush, Chair of ExcelinEd, dropped a truth bomb: America must massively disrupt its education system if we want to ensure long-term national and economic security. Read Governor Bush’s latest piece in the National Review to learn just how states can save America’s education system. Saving America’s Education System National Review By: Jeb […]

Ed Tech’s Role in Ensuring Student Data Privacy

Data is essential to an effective educational system. It supports high-quality teaching, drives personalized learning for students and underpins school accountability. Yet parents, privacy advocates, educators, administrators and policy makers may not be equally comfortable with the policies and protections in place to protect student data. It is critical to find the right balance between […]