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  • Education is the Foundation of our Economic Future

    December 20, 2016

    Author: Paul J. Luna, Helios Education Foundation

    This article originally ran on The Renewal Project Blog.  

    Helios Education Foundation was formed in 2004 with the sole mission of creating opportunities for every individual in Arizona and Florida … Read More

  • Arizona’s Path to Prosperity: Next Steps after Prop. 123

    December 1, 2016

    Author: Janice Palmer, Vice President and Director of Policy, Helios Education Foundation

    We know that the long-term prosperity of Arizona and its residents depends on a quality education system that effectively prepares its students with the critical thinking and life skills for success … Read More

  • Make Better Informed Career Decisions with Future Plans

    December 1, 2016

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    Author: Dr. Paul Perrault and Michelle Boehm

    High school guidance counseling has become more challenging than ever.  With growing numbers of students and multifaceted jobs, high school guidance counselors have become overstretched with less … Read More

  • Increasing Degree Completion by Giving Credit When It’s Due

    November 17, 2016

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    The enthusiasm that Samantha Franks has to serve others is evident by the way she describes her internship at Heartland for Children in Bartow, Florida. Franks is driven to serve others, ensuring … Read More

  • College Football Playoff Foundation Benefits Local Classrooms

    November 14, 2016

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    On the competitive football field, every yard counts. Off the field, equally as valuable are the extra yards the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation is willing to go for education.

    The College … Read More

  • Change is Inevitable, but Our Work Remains the Same

    October 28, 2016

    Author: Paul J. Luna, President and CEO, Helios Education Foundation

    With a highly charged and divisive presidential election behind us, emotional shockwaves continue to ripple through our communities. No matter our party affiliations, it should concern us all that … Read More

  • Florida High School Graduation Rates Trail National Average

    October 27, 2016

    Author: Michelle Boehm, Research and Evaluation Analyst

    According to the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, the national high school graduation rate reached a record high of 83 percent in the 2014-2015 school year. … Read More

  • Experts Caution - When Lobbying Lawmakers, Trust Is Difficult to Earn and Easy to Lose

    October 26, 2016

    Author: Don Harris, Arizona Association of School Business Officials

    Establishing relationships and maintaining your integrity are key elements in attempting to lobby and influence state legislators. That message was stressed by a premier lineup of lobbyists with … Read More

  • Arizona High School Graduation Rates Remain Stagnant

    October 25, 2016

    Author: Michelle Boehm, Research & Evaluation Analyst

    According to a report released by the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, the national high school graduation rate reached a record high of 83 percent in the 2014-2 … Read More

  • Five Takeaways from Florida CAN's Webinar on "Understanding Credentials"

    October 24, 2016

    Author: Troy Miller, Associate Directory for Research & Policy, Florida College Access Network

    Florida CAN recently hosted Jeff Strohl, director of research at Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce on a webinar about postsecondary degrees and credentials.  Dr. Strohl … Read More

  • University of South Florida Launches Enchanced Guaranteed Admission Program with HCC and Regional Florida Colleges

    October 24, 2016

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    The University of South Florida System and seven regional Florida colleges recently celebrated the launch of FUSE, a new guaranteed admission program that creates a seamless and timely degree path … Read More

  • AzMERIT Data Highlights Need for Focus on Latino Student Success

    October 20, 2016

    Author: Michelle Boehm, Research & Evaluation Analyst

    The Arizona Department of Education recently released final state results of the AzMERIT (Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching), the statewide achievement test in … Read More

  • The State of Latino Arizona: School Funding

    October 19, 2016

    Author: Dr. David Garcia, Arizona State University, Anabel Aportela, Arizona School Boards Association, Rob Vagi, Arizona State University and Larissa Gaias, Arizona State University

    Ensuring that all students have access to an excellent education is key to Arizona’s future.  With this in mind, the State of Latino Arizona report sheds light on how two policy mechanisms (i.e. … Read More

  • Helping Young Children Increase Language and Literacy Skills

    October 12, 2016

    It was a sunny October morning on the preschool playground at Montecito Community School in central Phoenix. Four-year-olds are outside racing around on a grassy open space, climbing playground … Read More

  • University of South Florida Celebrates 25 Years of Latino Scholars

    October 4, 2016

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    Author: Patsy Sanchez, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, USF

    UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF LATINO SCHOLARS

    Twenty-five years in the making, the Latino Scholarship is proud of its many accomplishments: 

    -    A 2016 cohort of 114 … Read More

  • In the Public Policy Space

    September 29, 2016

    Through our Arizona Latino Student Success and Florida Regional Student Success efforts, Helios Education Foundation is working to ensure that low-income, underrepresented, first-generation students … Read More

  • Recently Released ACT Data Highlights Urgency of Increasing College and Career Readiness Rates

    September 22, 2016

    Author: Michelle Boehm, Research & Evaluation Analyst

    The ACT college entrance exam is a critical indicator of whether high school students are prepared to succeed in postsecondary work.  It not only provides individualized information about college … Read More

  • Helios' Vice President and Director of Research and Evaluation Selected as 2016 Flinn-Brown Fellow

    September 22, 2016

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Dr. Paul Perrault, Vice President and Director of Research and Evaluation for Helios Education Foundation has been selected as a 2016 Flinn-Brown Fellow.  He joins 35 other individuals from across … Read More

  • The Case for Accelerating Latino Student Success in Arizona

    September 19, 2016

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Helios Education Foundation recently released a new education brief, titled, The Case for Accelerating Latino Student Success.  While we have seen many steps in the right direction toward improving … Read More

  • Steps to Success

    September 16, 2016

    Author: Collaborative Communications Group

    At the Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable - an initiative of WestEd -  15 mayors from across the state convene to discuss the policies they can implement to ensure all Arizona students are college … Read More

  • Grantee Perception Survey

    August 29, 2016

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Recently, Helios Education Foundation, in partnership with the Center for Effective Philanthropy, conducted a Grantee Perception Survey.  Our goal for this survey was to assess the effectiveness of … Read More

  • Talent Development Network Provides Unique and Valuable Work Experience for Students

    August 23, 2016

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Helios is proud to support the Talent Development Network in partnership with Florida International University.  The Network provides students in South Florida with on-the-job experience in high … Read More

  • The Beauty of Cultural Diversity

    August 19, 2016

    Author: Vanesa Contreras Rodriguez - Summer Intern

    Vanesa Contreras Rodríguez is a student at Arizona State University, studying entrepreneurship in the W.P. Carey School of Business.  As a student
 who is passionately committed to her community, … Read More

  • Statewide Alliance Launches Achieve60AZ to Boost Educational Attainment for All Arizonans

    August 18, 2016

    Author: Rich Nickel, President and CEO, College Success Arizona and Darcy Renfro, Director, The Arizona We Want Institute

      The most powerful instrument of economic development and healthy communities is the number of adults in Arizona with a high-quality postsecondary credential. By 2020, 68 percent of all jobs in … Read More

  • Beyond Prop 123

    August 12, 2016

    Author: Janice Palmer, Vice President and Director of Policy, Helios Education Foundation

    The long-term prosperity of Arizona and its residents depends on a quality education system that effectively prepares its students for success in college, career and life.  Arizona has one of the … Read More

  • It Comes In Threes

    August 3, 2016

    Author: Vanesa Contreras Rodriguez - Summer Intern

    Vanesa Contreras Rodríguez is a student at Arizona State University, studying entrepreneurship in the W.P. Carey School of Business.  As a student
 who is passionately committed to her community, … Read More

  • Collaborating to Achieve Results

    August 1, 2016

    Author: Michael Preston, Executive Director, Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Universities

    Higher education is a competitive business. Competition is fueled by a need for universities to consistently grow, jockey for research dollars, and to place themselves at the top of the college … Read More

  • No Wrong Answers

    July 10, 2016

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    John Choo Chew, a 10th grader at Countryside High School in Clearwater, Fla., was trying to decide between two different postsecondary pathways—cyber security and medicine.   Then he used Future … Read More

  • Challenging, Supporting and Preparing Yuma Students

    July 9, 2016

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    April Garcia entered Vista High School in Yuma four years ago with specific plans not to attend college.  “I was going to graduate from high school and be a truck driver,” she said.Viridiana Rosas … Read More

  • Helios Education Foundation is Committed to Florida's Future

    July 8, 2016

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Helios Education Foundation is committed to ensuring every individual in Arizona and Florida has the opportunity to attend and is prepared to succeed in postsecondary education.   

    In Florida, … Read More

  • The Arizona Department of Education Releases Preliminary Statewide AzMERIT Assessment Results

    July 7, 2016

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    The Arizona Department of Education recently released preliminary state results of the AzMERIT (Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching), the statewide achievement test in … Read More

  • Florida Child Well-being Ranking Slips Three Spots According to Kids Count Report

    July 7, 2016

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Florida’s overall child well-being rank slipped three spots from 37 to 40, according to the most recent Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The annual report tracks state outcomes … Read More

  • Arizona Shows Slight Gains in Child Well-being Ranking According to Kids Count Report

    July 7, 2016

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Arizona’s overall child well-being rank moved up one spot from 46 to 45, according to the most recent Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The annual report tracks state outcomes … Read More

  • Being A First Generation Student Comes With Hurdles

    July 1, 2016

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    Author: Vanesa Contreras Rodriguez - Summer Intern

    Vanesa Contreras Rodríguez is a student at Arizona State University, studying entrepreneurship in the W.P. Carey School of Business.  As a student who is passionately committed to her community, she … Read More

  • Helios Scholars at TGen Brings Biomedical Experiences to Over 400 Students

    June 20, 2016

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Every summer, hundreds of Arizona high school, undergraduate and graduate level students submit their applications in hopes of being one of the 49 students selected to be part of the Helios Scholars … Read More

  • National Council of La Raza Releases Report on Economic Condition of Florida’s Growing Latino Population

    June 16, 2016

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    Author: Michelle Boehm, Research & Evaluation Analyst, Helios Education Foundation

    Florida currently ranks third in the nation for Latino population size, with approximately one in four residents identifying as Hispanic/Latino. Furthermore, the state’s Latino population is expected … Read More

  • Why Access to Education for Latinos in Florida is Imperative to the Growth and Development of the Economy

    June 14, 2016

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    Author: Paul J. Luna, President and CEO

    In the recently published report, Latinos in the Sunshine State: Building a Brighter Future, the National Council on La Raza notes the significant population growth of Latinos in Florida, ranking the … Read More

  • The U.S. Department of Education Releases Annual Condition of Education Report

    June 8, 2016

    Author: Michelle Boehm, Research and Evaluation Analyst, Helios Education Foundation

    By June 1 every year, The National Center for Education Statistics submits The Condition of Education report to Congress. Comprised of educational indicators spanning the continuum from early … Read More

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Completion Rates in Arizona and Florida

    June 8, 2016

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    According to the U.S. Department of Education, fewer high school seniors are completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) this year. This trend has also held true for both Arizona … Read More

  • 10th Class of Helios Scholars at TGen Start Summer Internships

    June 7, 2016

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    Author: Steve Yozwiak, TGen Senior Science Writer

    Tiffanie Cappello Lee didn’t know what she wanted to study in college when, as a high school student, she applied to the Helios Scholars at TGen summer biomedical internship program. She had no … Read More

  • Learners to Earners

    June 2, 2016

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Are Florida’s students prepared for the future workforce? Is the state’s education system preparing them to be Florida’s future earners? According to Georgetown University’s Center on Education and … Read More

  • Highlights of Arizona’s Legislative Session -- Budget

    May 25, 2016

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    Author: Janice Palmer, Vice President and Director of Policy, Helios Education Foundation

    Highlights of Arizona’s Legislative Session -- BudgetThe Arizona legislature recently concluded the 2016 regular session after 117 days.  The budget was passed without any cuts to K-12 education and … Read More

  • Making the Grade: A Decade of Research Experiences for Arizona’s Students

    May 24, 2016

    Author: Brandy Wells, Director of Public Affairs and Education for TGen

    Over the past decade, patients haven’t been the only beneficiaries of the leading-edge research conducted at the Phoenix-based Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). Since 2007, Arizona … Read More

  • Florida's Future Depends on Today's Learners

    May 24, 2016

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    Author: Tony Carvajal, Executive Vice President, Florida Chamber Foundation

    That was the prevailing theme when more than 250 business, workforce, education, philanthropy and community leaders gathered together in June in Orlando for the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2016 … Read More

  • The National Institute for Early Research’s State of Preschool Report Shows Highs and Lows of Florida State-Funded Pre-Kindergarten Program

    May 24, 2016

    Author: Michelle Boehm, Research and Evaluation Analyst, Helios Education Foundation

    The nation continues to show steady progress in state-funded pre-kindergarten enrollment, funding and quality since the Great Recession. At the same time, some states continue to lag behind others … Read More

  • Highlights of Arizona’s Legislative Session -- Legislation

    May 23, 2016

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    Author: Janice Palmer, Vice President and Director of Policy, Helios Education Foundation

    The 2016 Arizona Legislative Session ended on May 7th. Of the 1,247 bills introduced, 388 bills were passed by the legislature, and 374 were signed into law by the Governor. Great work was put in by … Read More

  • Arizona Education on Horizon

    May 22, 2016

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Click below to learn more about how school districts are planning their budgets as they await the results of Proposition 123.  Hear from Lori Garvey, Assistant Superintendent for the Madison School … Read More

  • Proposition 123: A First Step

    May 20, 2016

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    Author: Vince Roig, Founding Chairman and Paul J. Luna, President and CEO

    As the final results of the special election have come in, Helios is pleased that the years-long, inflationary, K-12 funding lawsuit between the legislature and our public schools has been settled … Read More

  • The National Institute for Early Research’s State of Preschool Report Reveals Increased State Funding to Arizona Pre-Kindergarten Program

    May 19, 2016

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    Author: Michelle Boehm, Research and Evaluation Analyst, Helios Education Foundation

    The nation continues to show steady progress in state-funded pre-kindergarten program enrollment, funding and quality since the Great Recession. At the same time, some states continue to lag behind … Read More

  • Creating a College Going Culture In a Minority-Majority School District

    May 18, 2016

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    Author: Toni Badone, Superintendent, Yuma Union High School District

    Four years ago, the Class of 2016 walked into the classrooms of Yuma Union High School District as freshmen and began a unique journey.  During the journey, the students of the Class of 2016 made … Read More

  • LEAP – New Program Launched in Hillsborough County To Focus on Increasing Postsecondary Degree Attainment

    May 16, 2016

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    “Education is the single most powerful tool an individual can attain.  Education has the power to open the doors of opportunity, break the cycle of poverty and promote a more engaged citizenry,” said … Read More

  • Every Child

    May 16, 2016

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Education has the ability to change the life of a child and strengthen the community in which they live.  And, every child, regardless of zip code deserves a high-quality education.  Arizona has … Read More

  • Arizona Education on Horizon

    May 13, 2016

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    The most recent segment of Arizona Education focuses on paying for college and highlights the innovative partnership between Starbucks and Arizona State University.  The segment also includes a panel … Read More

  • College Knowing & Going

    May 12, 2016

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    Author: Cathryn Creno

    Phoenix Cesar Chavez High School senior Marco Mares is on a success trajectory. Neither of his parents attended college. He had not even heard of the concept of postsecondary entrance exams until he … Read More

  • How One School in Miami, Florida is Giving Low-Income Students The College Experience

    May 12, 2016

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    The 6th and 7th graders at the SEED School of Miami, a boarding school serving students from low-income homes and difficult circumstances, don’t have to imagine what it feels like to experience a … Read More

  • Message from the President and CEO

    May 9, 2016

    Author: Paul J. Luna, President and CEO

    Recently, Helios sent out a survey to you, our key stakeholders, asking for your input on the kind of information you find valuable and would like to receive from us.  Thank you, to those of you who … Read More

  • Why You Should Vote YES on Prop 123

    April 28, 2016

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    Author: Vince Roig, Founding Chairman and Paul J. Luna, President and CEO

    One of Helios Education Foundation’s fundamental beliefs is that education is an investment and not an expense. As Arizonans consider the future of our state, we have an important decision to make … Read More

  • Nearly 30,000 Arizona Students Taking ACT Exam Today

    April 19, 2016

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Today, 29,774 Arizona students are taking a critical step on the path toward postsecondary education.  These students are taking the ACT exam which helps determine how prepared they are for college … Read More

  • Creating Opportunities For Success: 2015 In Review

    April 13, 2016

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    Author: Paul J. Luna, President and CEO

    As I traveled through the states of Arizona and Florida in 2015 engaging with our partners, getting to know the people impacted by our work, and reflecting on our Foundation’s vision and commitment, … Read More

  • Three Florida Universities Partnering To Increase Student Success

    April 8, 2016

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    Author: Linda Jacobson

    As a high school student in Venezuela, Alejandro Bolivar found himself fascinated by biology. So when his family followed his grandparents to the Tampa area, Bolivar applied to the University of … Read More

  • Dr. Stacy Carlson Transitions to the Florida Philanthropic Network

    April 5, 2016

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    A sad farewell and hearty congratulations to Vice President and Program Director, College and Career Readiness, Dr. Stacy Carlson, who will leave Helios Education Foundation to become President and … Read More

  • Closing the Latino Student Achievement Gap

    March 31, 2016

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    Author: Cathryn Creno

    Her parents grew up in Mexico and never had the opportunity to finish high school. Her older brother never felt comfortable in American schools. He dropped out to go to work.

    Needless to say, Alicia … Read More

  • Arizona Businesses See Education as Greatest Challenge

    March 31, 2016

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    Author: Cathryn Creno

    Results of a December 2015 survey of 400 Arizona business leaders by the Arizona Commerce Authority, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and Alliance … Read More

  • Arizona’s Changing Demographics and the Academic Divide

    March 31, 2016

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    Author: Cathryn Creno

    Present-day demographers discuss Arizona’s current Latino population boom as if the trend were something new, but many Latinos know that their ancestors have played a strong role in Arizona history … Read More

  • Florida State Board of Education Releases State and District Grades

    March 23, 2016

    Author: Michelle Boehm, Research and Evaluation Analyst

    Amid great debate, the Florida Department of Education recently announced preliminary school and district grades for the 2014-2015 school year. Although grades are typically released in the summer, … Read More

  • Focusing on Early Grade Success in Arizona

    March 22, 2016

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    Author: Dr. Karen Ortiz, Vice President and Program Director, Early Grade Success

    In laying the foundation for success in school and beyond, the ages between birth to eight are the most critical in a child's development. Research indicates that children exposed to quality early … Read More

  • [Video] Ready Now Yuma - Promoting a College Going Culture in Arizona

    March 10, 2016

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Click below to view a short video about Ready Now Yuma and learn more about how Helios and Yuma Union High School District are working together toward college and career readiness for all Yuma … Read More

  • Former Helios TGen Scholar Exploring New Treatments for Cancer

    March 10, 2016

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Each year, 45 future scientists participate in one of the nation’s most advanced summer internship programs at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).  Each intern spends eight weeks … Read More

  • Dual Language Programs: Paving the Way for Student Success

    February 25, 2016

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    As research continues to show, individuals who speak more than one language have higher level executive function skills including problem-solving and abstract thinking.  Having the ability to speak … Read More

  • Arizona Education Progress Meter

    February 3, 2016

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Recently, Expect More Arizona and the Center for the Future of Arizona launched the Arizona Education Progress Meter which represents key milestones on the path to improving educational opportunities … Read More

  • A First Step Toward Creating Equitable Funding for Education in Arizona

    February 1, 2016

    Author: Paul J. Luna, President and CEO

    Helios Education Foundation is dedicated to creating opportunities for individuals in Arizona and Florida to succeed in postsecondary education. As a result, we strategically partner to ensure more … Read More

  • Making Progress Toward College and Career Readiness for All Yuma Students

    January 21, 2016

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    With the increasing demands on the 21st-century workforce, all students should graduate from high school prepared for college and career success. However, improving the skills students need is a … Read More

  • Florida State Board of Education Sets State Assessment Scores

    January 13, 2016

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Every student, regardless of zip code, deserves a high-quality education. The challenge lies in what exactly meets the standard of “high-quality”.

    Florida’s state Board of Education recently set … Read More

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