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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 […]

Expanding course opportunities in South Carolina

Dear Friend, Today, I had the privilege of presenting ExcelinEd’s Course Access model policy before the South Carolina House of Representatives Education and Public Works Committee. The committee is considering the South Carolina Course Access Act (H 5216), a bill that would expand educational opportunities for public school students in the Palmetto State by creating […]

Georgia Governor Stands Up for Students

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal vetoed SB 355, which would have created a formal, statewide mechanism for students to opt out of annual state assessments. Testing shows whether individual students are on track to succeed, and how successful schools are in preparing students for the future. History shows that without giving teachers and schools this feedback on how students are doing, far too many students […]

State Actions Update: April 2016

COLORADO Earlier this month, a bipartisan vote by the Colorado Senate Education Committee passed legislation to require school districts to share local funding with public charter schools. The bill would also provide public charter schools with access to unused school facilities. The Colorado Senate is now considering this legislation. On April 18, the Colorado House of Representatives […]

ExcelinEd and America Achieves Course Unlocks PISA Data for Districts

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—The Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) today opened enrollment for its latest EdPolicy Leaders Online course, How Do We Stack Up? Using OECD’s PISA to Drive Progress in U.S. Education. The course begins May 23 and has seven modules, which explore how pioneering education leaders can use PISA as a tool to improve teaching and learning for […]

Enroll Now: Learn How to Use PISA to Improve Education

ExcelinEd is pleased to announce that enrollment is open for our newest EdPolicy Leaders Online course, How Do We Stack Up? Using OECD’s PISA to Drive Progress in U.S. Education. The course is a combined cohort and self-paced model, starting on May 23. It offers seven weekly webinars for participants to connect with education leaders across the […]

Tennessee Expands Access to Online Learning

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed HB 1879, a new law that boosts online learning options for students throughout the Volunteer State. Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, the new law allows Tennessee public school students to take a range of courses offered by other public schools across the state. Sponsored by […]