One of the more interesting innovations in the public sector is Pay for Success, where private investors provide funding needed for new services and get their money back, plus interest, only if there are proven results. This concept, also called Social Impact Bonds, is under development across the country. It covers a range of services, […]
Expecting more of students is a difficult but necessary direction for all states. It is easier for political leaders and education bureaucracies to trumpet success than to explain failure. But when success is claimed but not achieved, children ultimately will pay the price.
In 1983, “A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Education Reform” brought attention to the direct connection between America’s declining education system and the well-being of American society and national security. To put this into perspective, here are other events that also occurred in 1983: The Washington Redskins won Super Bowl XVII, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space…
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.’’