States Leading Campaign Welcomes Two New Partners

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The Foundation for Excellence in Education and the Hunt Institute will spotlight best practices and progress to ensure educational equity

Washington, D.C. (July 10, 2018) – The Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) and the Hunt Institute today joined the States Leading campaign, a coalition of organizations working to highlight the progress underway in education across the country. Launched in February, the States Leading campaign showcases how states are pursuing innovative policies and using best practices to best meet the needs of all students.

“States Leading offers an outstanding forum to expand the impact of bold and proven education policy, and ExcelinEd is pleased to join this collaboration of organizations,” said Patricia Levesque, CEO of ExcelinEd. “Through our work with policymakers across the nation, we know firsthand that states are making innovative change and meaningful progress on behalf of students. Their great work deserves to be recognized, embraced and emulated, which is what the States Leading campaign is all about.”

With nearly all state ESSA plans approved, states are moving forward with bold initiatives to support educators and close achievement gaps. Beyond ESSA, states are also working together on a range of issues, including early childhood education, teacher and leader preparation, and career readiness, among others. For example, through CCSSO’s Leading for Equity initiative, states are making notable progress toward 10 commitments to create more equitable education systems.

“The States Leading campaign spotlights innovative efforts to improve student outcomes,” said Javaid E. Siddiqi, Ph.D., President and CEO of The Hunt Institute. “We hope that the Hunt Institute’s best practices, research, and insights will inform the policies and decisions being made in states around the country, leading to an increase in equity and improved outcomes for students everywhere.”

ExcelinEd and the Hunt Institute join organizations representing America’s leading state education officials, including: the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), Education Commission of the States (ECS), the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), and the National Governors Association (NGA).

Through a weekly newsletter and social media, the States Leading campaign shares stories of the promising practices and features the innovative policies changing the face of education for our students, teachers, and community. For more information and to sign up for the States Leading newsletter, visit Follow along and join the conversation at #StatesLeading on social media.


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