ExcelinEd in Action Statehouse Spotlights

ExcelinEd in Action

ExcelinEd in Action Statehouse Spotlights is a weekly podcast that provides quick, timely updates about K-12 education legislation across the country. Hosted by the ExcelinEd in Action Advocacy team, we track and report on bills about several key student-centered policy areas, including early literacy, the teacher pipeline, school funding, the digital divide, education choice, reimagining learning, school accountability and college and career pathways. In a nutshell: The ExcelinEd in Action Statehouse Spotlights podcast is the perfect way to stay up to date on the latest education policy news and trends during state legislative sessions from a team of experts you can trust.

Why should you listen?

  • You'll find out about what’s trending in K-12 education policy in state legislatures.
  • You'll stay informed on how bills are changing, stalling or advancing
  • You’ll learn which state legislative champions are shaping the future of education.
  • You'll be inspired to take action to improve education for all students.

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Episodes

How states are addressing adolescent literacy
Mar 21 2024
How states are addressing adolescent literacy
Tune in to this episode of Statehouse Spotlights as we delve into the critical topic of adolescent literacy during National Reading Month.  Hosts Tom Greene and Ashley Mullins will address the concerning social media trends among teachers, who are expressing frustration about the reading levels of their students, pose essential questions about how such literacy gaps could have developed, and highlight the role of pandemic-related school closures on the problem. We're excited to have Virginia Delegate Carrie Coyner and Indiana Senator Jeff Raatz on the show to share more about their work leading the charge to improve adolescent literacy post-pandemic. Join us as they highlight the significance of early intervention, personalized support and access to resources to address literacy challenges effectively, ensuring all students have the foundational skills needed for academic success and lifelong learning.  If you’d like to listen to our previous episodes on early literacy, you can find them at the links below. Make sure to also visit www.earlyliteracymatters.org to learn more about what makes up an evidence-based comprehensive early literacy policy.  Early literacy bipartisanship on the rise - ExcelinEd in Action Statehouse Spotlights | Acast How smart policymakers handle struggling third-grade readers - ExcelinEd in Action Statehouse Spotlights | Acast  Remember to join the conversation on social media. ExcelinEd in Action (@ExcelinAction) / X (twitter.com)  ExcelinEd in Action (@excelinedinaction) • Instagram   ExcelinEd in Action on Facebook  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The public vs. private school accountability debate heats up
Feb 15 2024
The public vs. private school accountability debate heats up
Join us for an enlightening Statehouse Spotlights podcast episode as we dive into the critical topic of private vs. public school accountability.  In 2023, we witnessed a surge of education choice program expansions across the nation, with states like Arizona leading the charge in adopting universal or near-universal parental choice programs a couple years before. However, with this wave of educational freedom comes a pressing question: How are private schools being held accountable for the public funds they receive through parental choice programs like education scholarship accounts (ESAs)? Critics often raise concerns about the accountability of private schools compared to their public counterparts, who face standardized testing and state-mandated performance evaluations among other regulations. Yet, proponents of private education argue that accountability exists in different forms for private schools. In this episode, hosts Tom Greene and Ashley Mullins along with ExcelinEd in Action Executive Director Patricia Levesque tackle the nuanced debate surrounding accountability measures for public, charter and private schools. From the metrics that matter to the consequences for underperforming schools, we explore the complexities of accountability in education. Tune in as we examine standout states leading the way in accountability measures and delve into recent legislative attempts to weaken accountability standards, such as in Florida. Join us as we unravel the layers of this critical issue and seek to find common ground amidst differing perspectives. For more on this topic by Patricia Levesque, visit this blog post: Regulating Public, Private Schools: Parental Choice Is The Key (excelined.org)  Remember to join the conversation on social media.  ExcelinEd in Action (@ExcelinAction) / X (twitter.com)  ExcelinEd in Action (@excelinedinaction) • Instagram   ExcelinEd in Action on Facebook  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.