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The policies ExcelinEd supports have the power to impact lives and change futures. Just ask Paula Kennedy, a teacher and the mother of two students who have received Opportunity Scholarships in North Carolina. North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program was established in 2013 to offer private school tuition scholarships for qualifying students. After two years of […]

  • 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.

ICYMI: ESAs nothing like vouchers

This summer, Nevada lawmakers took bold action and created an Education Savings Account (ESA) program to give all parents a say in where their children go to school. And last week, the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of that program. So much for defending liberties.

  • 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.

5 Months Later: What We’ve Learned from Our MOOCs

MOOCs have a varied level of engagement based on the objective of the participant. So how can we measure success beyond course completions?

Be True to Your Homeschool

My brother is a sports reporter, drives cars held together by NAPA and a prayer, and struggles to make ends meet. But still, he started his kids off with an education that money could not buy.

  • 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.

Indiana’s General Assembly passed several education bills to expand school choice and improve accountability before concluding its state legislative session in late April.

There is no “silver bullet” to change the course of American schools, but we do know a few things that help significantly.

ICYMI: Public Education Is Learning the Hard Way

My career was in newspapers. And so I saw our industry grow complacent on astronomical profit margins, making us easy prey for the digital innovators that took our advertisers and readers, and along with them our revenues.

  • 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.
  • 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.

During the 2015 legislative session, Colorado’s leaders made strides in passing innovative education policies to help students prepare for the 21st century economy.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Please raise your hand if you’re ready for the back-to-school craziness to start already.

  • 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.

Mark your calendars to join Dr. Condoleezza Rice and ExcelinEd on October 22-23 for our eighth annual National Summit on Education Reform in Denver, Colorado!

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