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Today, we’re finishing a two-part series answering a few questions about one central element to all education savings account (ESA) programs: funding. Read part one here. Yesterday, I posted two of three thoughts on funding for Nevada’s education savings account (ESA) program: 1) No one is content with the ESA Amount and 2) Utilize partial tax-credit […]

  • 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.

Three years ago, Digital Learning Now and Getting Smart’s Smart Series worked with some of the best education thought leaders to offer roadmaps for transitioning to next generation models of learning. This collection of interactive white papers has informed and inspired. The Smart Series has been widely used by policymakers, education leaders and educators. States […]

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Outcome-Based Funding

    Outcome-Based Funding

    Spending more on education only works when the money targets strategies and programs proven to produce results. The Foundation supports policies that incentivize achievement, invest in proven policies, and recognize and reward student learning instead of just seat-time.

Education savings accounts (known as ESAs) are inspiring both enthusiasm and curiosity. In today’s post Adam Peshek, ExcelinEd’s State Policy Director of School Choice, begins a two-part series answering a few questions about one central element to all ESA programs: funding. Thanks to the groundbreaking education savings account (ESA) law passed in Nevada this year, […]

During the 2015 session, Governor Nikki Haley and South Carolina’s legislature remained committed to the state’s existing strong education reform policies in reading and school choice. The state’s leaders took action to improve these policies during this year’s regular and special sessions, which wrapped up earlier this month. BUDGET In its first special session of […]

  • K-3 Reading

    K-3 Reading

    Children who are not proficient readers by fourth grade face bleak futures. The Foundation supports performance-based promotion and rigorous interventions, beginning in kindergarten, but particularly for third-grade students who can’t read.
  • 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.

EdPolicy Leaders Online: Meet Shelly Larson

We are pleased to introduce Shelly Larson, EdPolicy Leaders Online’s latest featured participant. Shelly recently completed Data Privacy? Get Schooled!, one of ExcelinEd’s three free, self-paced online courses available for policymakers.

  • 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.

MOOCs with a Purpose: If You Build It, Will They Come?

As we began the process for designing EdPolicy Leaders Online, I had a deep understanding of the power of an open course. However, I also knew that online learning is not a magic bullet. Online learning requires the same intention that a classroom experience demands: understanding the learners’ needs and identifying what is required to motivate and retain them throughout the learning experience.

While this approach has been sought by many choice advocates for years, there was a notable dissenter—Dr. Howard Fuller. His opposition is not surprising. The former Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools opposed expanded vouchers there in 2011, saying the program should be limited to low-income and working class families and not be used to “subsidize people with means.’’

  • 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.

Stopping the Summer Slide

Today’s guest post is by Dr. Brittany Birken, CEO of the Florida Children’s Council, and Jenn Faber, Director of Florida’s Grade Level Reading Campaign. Images associated with summer often include children playing in sprinklers, arts and crafts and popsicles. While this conjures a fun, romanticized notion of summer, in truth these three months represent a […]

  • K-3 Reading

    K-3 Reading

    Children who are not proficient readers by fourth grade face bleak futures. The Foundation supports performance-based promotion and rigorous interventions, beginning in kindergarten, but particularly for third-grade students who can’t read.

This spring, Florida lawmakers achieved fewer and better tests for Florida students, while continuing to measure what matters most: student learning. The state also made improvements to teacher evaluations, increased per-student education funding, added benefits for Florida’s full-time teachers and expanded educational options for students with special needs. Florida has a history of leadership and […]

  • 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.
  • 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 your state has a large proficiency gap, this could mean your child is not on grade level when compared to his or her national or international peers. And this difference could lead to your child graduating unprepared for life after high school.

  • 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.
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