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Angela Duckworth to Address National Summit on Education Reform

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Foundation for Excellence in Education today announced that Angela Duckworth, author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, will address the 2016 National Summit on Education Reform on Thursday, December 1 in Washington, D.C. “Developing grit depends so much on an environment that is both challenging and supportive,” said Duckworth. […]

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

Alabama The Alabama Public Charter School Commission approved the state’s first charter school application this month. The Mobile Area Education Foundation applied to open Accel Day and Evening Academy, which will serve students 16 and older who have dropped out of school or have fallen behind academically. Accel plans to open in August 2017, with an estimated initial enrollment of […]

Nevada Families One Step Closer to Educational Freedom

Today, the Nevada Supreme Court ruled that Education Savings Accounts (ESA) are constitutional.  Nevada’s ESA program is the most expansive educational choice program in the nation. Specifically, the court agreed with the state that the primary constitutional arguments brought by plaintiffs against ESAs are without merit. Although the court ruled against the state on a funding issue, […]

Connecticut Families Look to Improve Outcomes for All Students

Dear Friend, Students make the greatest progress when parents, teachers and education leaders unite around the singular goal of student success. Thankfully, we’re seeing more states move toward this ideal, including Connecticut. Last month, officials released statewide assessment results, which showed progress toward proficiency in English Language Arts and mathematics among Connecticut students. What’s most exciting […]

Putting Cutting Edge Education Policy into Practice

Today, the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) released “Policy, Pilots and the Path to Competency-Based Education: A Tale of Three States.” This comprehensive policy paper outlines how and why Idaho, Utah and Florida launched competency-based education (CBE) pilot programs.

#AskExcelinEd: ESSA

The Foundation for Excellence in Education presents this Question & Answer series #AskExcelinEd on the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to help state policymakers and stakeholders explore and understand the complex new law as well as the many opportunities and solutions to challenges it presents for states. ExcelinEd’s policy team will answer questions they’ve been receiving, […]

ExcelinEd Submits Comments to U.S. Dept. of Education on ESSA Regulations

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— The Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) has submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Education on two components of its proposed regulations under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Assessments ExcelinEd’s comments assert that the proposed rules clarify a number of concepts in the statute and provide workable, common sense requirements in key areas such […]

Join Jeb Bush for the 9th Annual National Summit on Education Reform

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— The Foundation for Excellence in Education announces that general registration for its 2016 National Summit on Education Reform, hosted by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, is now open. Now in its ninth year, the summit will be held in Washington, D.C. from November 30 to December 2 at the Marriott Marquis Washington D.C. Gov. […]

Education Policy Experts Join Leadership Team at Foundation for Excellence in Education

The Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) is pleased to announce two new members of its leadership team. Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds became Vice President of Policy on September 1. Lizzette brings to ExcelinEd almost three decades of policy and legislative experience at both the state and federal level. In her home state of Texas, she […]

New Mexico Students Rising to Meet Higher Expectations

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, New Mexico released the 2015-2016 school grades, meaning each public school (traditional and charter) earned an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grade from the New Mexico Public Education Department. In 2016, the number of A and B schools exceeded the number of D and F schools, signifying progress and enhanced […]