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Arizona Expands Choice Options

During the 2015 legislative session, Arizona passed a significant education reform expansion to improve access to a great education for more students in the Grand Canyon state.

  • School Choice

    School Choice

    Families need the financial freedom to attend schools that meet their needs. The Foundation supports policies that empower families to choose a public, charter, private, virtual or home school.

#ProficiencyMatters: This Impacts Every Child

Proficiency matters. When states set low expectations for proficiency, they lead parents and teachers to believe students are performing better than they actually are. The results of this are disastrous for students.

  • College and Career Readiness

    College and Career Readiness

    Rigorous academic standards, such as the Common Core State Standards, will prepare students for college and careers. The Foundation supports policies that set high academic standards and provide rigorous preparatory courses and dual-enrollment options for students.
  • Standards and Accountability

    Standards and Accountability

    Students and schools must be held to high academic standards, with their progress measured and results reported in simple, transparent formats. The Foundation supports standardized measurement of student learning, including annual comprehensive end-of-course assessments in elementary, middle and high school, as well as grading schools on an A-F scale – just like students.

“If you have a health challenge but you’re still a college-bound student, there are no options for you in our district,” Robbins said. “You are just on your own.”

  • School Choice

    School Choice

    Families need the financial freedom to attend schools that meet their needs. The Foundation supports policies that empower families to choose a public, charter, private, virtual or home school.

When Opportunity Presents Itself

While the way schools are financed varies from state to state, the idea of school finance reform is always daunting because each of the many critical elements of school financing is fraught with political landmines. Simple conversations on school finance can quickly spiral into fierce debates over per pupil funding, revenue sources and tax reform.

  • Digital Learning

    Digital Learning

    Technology can revolutionize education and help ensure no student is bored or left behind. The Foundation supports the use of technology to offer students access to a high-quality, customized education and empower teachers to help their students succeed.

The Arkansas 2015 Legislative Session marked a turning point for student-centered reforms, with the General Assembly passing significant education policies to better serve students and families. Chief amongst those policies, the Legislature enacted reforms to give students greater choice in education.

  • College and Career Readiness

    College and Career Readiness

    Rigorous academic standards, such as the Common Core State Standards, will prepare students for college and careers. The Foundation supports policies that set high academic standards and provide rigorous preparatory courses and dual-enrollment options for students.
  • School Choice

    School Choice

    Families need the financial freedom to attend schools that meet their needs. The Foundation supports policies that empower families to choose a public, charter, private, virtual or home school.

There is great news for Mississippi families of students with special needs. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and the Legislature just passed legislation to give families Education Scholarship Accounts (ESAs), allowing moms and dads to direct the education spending for their child.

  • School Choice

    School Choice

    Families need the financial freedom to attend schools that meet their needs. The Foundation supports policies that empower families to choose a public, charter, private, virtual or home school.

A new approach for a new era of education

The Fordham Institute has challenged a number of prominent scholars, practitioners and policy analysts to face off in a Wonkathon on Education Savings Accounts. Today we hear from, Adam Peshek, ExcelinEd’s State Policy Director of School Choice.

  • School Choice

    School Choice

    Families need the financial freedom to attend schools that meet their needs. The Foundation supports policies that empower families to choose a public, charter, private, virtual or home school.

Education Savings Accounts News Roundup

When Nevada governor Brian Sandoval signed into law the nation’s first universal school-choice program earlier this month, he set off a flurry of press and opinions around Education Savings Accounts. Checkout this roundup of pieces for some great reads on this exciting new program, and stay tuned for more information and news on this exciting policy!

  • School Choice

    School Choice

    Families need the financial freedom to attend schools that meet their needs. The Foundation supports policies that empower families to choose a public, charter, private, virtual or home school.

The Tennessee Legislature passed significant reforms to empower parents and students with special needs and give teachers the freedom to teach during the January – April 2015 session.

  • School Choice

    School Choice

    Families need the financial freedom to attend schools that meet their needs. The Foundation supports policies that empower families to choose a public, charter, private, virtual or home school.
  • Effective Teachers and Leaders

    Effective Teachers and Leaders

    We need to recruit teachers from all professions, and recognize and reward the effective ones. The Foundation supports ending tenure, the implementation of data-based evaluations and compensation, and alternative paths to certification/licensure.

The Fordham Institute has challenged a number of prominent scholars, practitioners and policy analysts to face off in a Wonkathon. The topic? Education Savings Accounts. Yesterday, ExcelinEd’s Dr. Matthew Ladner shared his response. Read an excerpt below or head over to the Fordham Institute for the complete post.

  • School Choice

    School Choice

    Families need the financial freedom to attend schools that meet their needs. The Foundation supports policies that empower families to choose a public, charter, private, virtual or home school.
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