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ExcelinEd Applauds Arizona on Student-Centered Budget

Today, Gov. Doug Ducey signed the state budget, which includes significant investment in support for all public schools, including Arizona’s innovative charter schools, access to computer science instruction, early literacy and competitive pay for teachers. The fiscal year 2018-19 education budget re-establishes a strong education funding foundation for all schools in Arizona. “Governor Doug Ducey, […]

Nebraska Reading Improvement Act Will Help More Students Succeed in Classroom, Careers and Life

One of the greatest indicators of success in school and in life is the ability to master literacy by the time a student leaves third grade. Earlier this week, Gov. Pete Ricketts ensured more students will have that opportunity by signing LB 1081, a bill that contains The Nebraska Reading Improvement Act. Studies show that […]

Nation’s Report Card Shows Improvements in States with Student-Centered Policies; Work Remains to Prepare All Students for Success

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) data released today show mixed results nationally with strong improvements in Florida and other states that are embracing and faithfully implementing student-centered policies. “By remaining focused for two decades on early reading, accountability for schools, rewarding great teachers and empowering parents with more education options, Florida remains a […]

Idaho Boosts Workforce Development in Midst of Population Boom

With more people pursuing their personal and professional dreams in Idaho, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter has signed two bills reinforcing strong alignment between K-12 education and workforce demand. In his final legislative session, Governor Otter championed a workforce development package that positively affects current and future Idahoans for years to come. As the fastest growing […]

More Utah Schools Can Create Classrooms of the Future

Following the lead of local schools seeking the best way to help students, Utah has been among the national leaders in creating classrooms of the future that focus on students’ mastery of knowledge and skills rather than seat-time. Responding to high demand from schools and local communities, Senate Bill 132 expands a competency-based pilot program […]

Landmark Decision Validates Louisiana’s Charter Schools

Today, the Louisiana Supreme Court issued a ruling in the case of Iberville Parish School Board, et al v. Louisiana State Elementary and Secondary Education Board, upholding the constitutionality of the state’s charter school funding model. “This landmark decision validates the important role of charter schools in helping thousands of Louisiana students receive a quality […]

Gov. Bush: Legislation Brings Florida Closer to Educational Freedom

Today, Governor Jeb Bush, Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education released the following statement on the signing of House Bill 7055 by Governor Rick Scott. “Today is a life-changing day for thousands of Florida families, especially those who have faced significant barriers to finding the right learning environment for their child.   […]

North Dakota Districts Can Have More Flexibility and Local Control

North Dakota school districts have a new opportunity to implement innovative learning programs with more local control and the flexibility to redesign their schools with a more student-centered focus. The Innovation Education Program is among a growing number of ground-breaking proposals around the nation as more states consider how to empower schools to rebuild systems […]

ExcelinEd Shares National Mastery-Based Education Policy Trends with Idaho Lawmakers

Last week, ExcelinEd Policy Director for Personalized Learning Karla Phillips discussed the national policy trends supporting mastery-based, personalized learning before the Idaho House and Senate education committees. “We believe the power of a personalized approach supported by a mastery-based structure has the potential to better inform students and their families with an accurate view of […]

Landmark Decision Validates Mississippi’s Charter Schools

Today, Hinds County Chancery Court Judge Dewayne Thomas upheld the constitutionality of the Mississippi Charter Schools Act, which allows state funding to follow students who attend public charter schools. The decision helps hundreds of families – whose children attend charter schools – continue to access a quality education.  “The Court’s ruling is a clear victory for Mississippi families, especially those struggling […]