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One More Year: Districts Take Different Paths as 191 Closes In

It’s almost Turkey Day, and that means it’s time to start thinking about the things we’re thankful...

Thankful Not to Have Unions’ Political Spending Record, Long-Term Prospects

‘Tis the week of Thanksgiving, which allows me the chance to express my gratitude about many things....

Sticky Numbers: Making Sense of Dougco’s Pay System and Its Outcomes

Like Elmer’s glue, numbers get sticky when misused. And just like glue is tough (but fun!) to...

Teacher Training, Licensure, Evaluation, Pay: Fix ‘Em All (and Do It Right)

It’s been more than a week now since I thankfully resisted the urge to “blow up” education...

Positive Movement in Jeffco: A Welcome Change

It’s Thursday, and that means it’s Jefferson County day for yours truly. Okay, I made the Thursday...

Customized Success: New Study Hints at the Power of Personalized Learning

Earlier this month, I wrote about some new brain science (sorry for the technical terminology) highlighting the...

Dougco Shakes It Up Again By Earning State’s Top Accreditation Rating

There was a time when my former perpetually 5-year-old self was busy writing a lot about Douglas...

New Hampshire Ruling for Kids & Tax Credits Makes Me Smile Wider

New Hampshire Ruling for Kids & Tax Credits Makes Me Smile Wider

“Good news for educational freedom!” Words that can light up my day, right up there with “Free Legos” and “of course, you can have another scoop of Superman ice cream.” (Sadly, too many kids are left Waiting for Superman… Okay, okay. Enough groaning already.) Specifically, the latest good news comes compliments of the “merry band

August 28, 2014 | Comments Off | Read More »

School District Partnerships Help Colorado K-12 Blended Learning Take Flight

School District Partnerships Help Colorado K-12 Blended Learning Take Flight

This paper focuses on system-wide blended learning efforts in three Front Range school districts and a group of rural districts in the San Luis Valley. The report also provides a list of state and national resources for schools and districts looking to implement blended learning techniques on a limited or system-wide basis and questions to consider prior to starting. Blended learning implementation in Falcon School District 49, Greeley-Evans School District 6, St. Vrain Valley School District, and in the San Luis Valley varies from the degree of …

July 16, 2014 | 1 comment | Read More »

Amy Oliver Show: What’s Really Behind Jeffco Controversy?

Amy Oliver Show: What’s Really Behind Jeffco Controversy?

On the second hour of the October 8 Amy Oliver Show, the dynamic Education Policy Center duo of Ross Izard and Ben DeGrow explain the political power struggle going on in the Jeffco school district, the possibility of recalls, and how some have chosen to bully one female board member.

October 10, 2014 | No comment | Read More »

Devil’s Advocate: Tackling Douglas County School Choice Lawsuit

Devil’s Advocate: Tackling Douglas County School Choice Lawsuit

Tune in to Devil’s Advocate with host Jon Caldara as Independence Institute education policy analysts Ben DeGrow and Ross Izard talk about the Douglas County Choice Scholarship Program (CSP) and where it stands in the courts. They highlight some of the arguments for the CSP and key design advantages that they helped to make in a joint amicus brief with the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice.

September 5, 2014 | No comment | Read More »

Events

Spanish-Speaking Families Celebrate School Choice at Institute

Spanish-Speaking Families Celebrate School Choice at Institute

On Thursday, January 30, more than 50 people came to the Independence Institute's Freedom Embassy for dinner and a special showing...

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Institute for Justice Attorney Touts Scholarship Tax Credit Legality

Institute for Justice Attorney Touts Scholarship Tax Credit Legality

Institute for Justice senior attorney Dick Komer presented to private school leaders, scholarship organizations, and policymakers on the legal challenges and...

Sep 20, 2013 | No comment | Read More »

Ed Center in the News

Izard, DeGrow Point Out Union Role in Jeffco Protests

The teacher sickouts and student walkouts in Jefferson County have drawn national headlines, but the...

Oct 3, 2014 | 2 comments | Read More »

Chieftain Highlights Institute’s Billboard Message to Pueblo Teachers

The Pueblo Chieftain features coverage of a special Independence Institute billboard message notifying local teachers...

Aug 14, 2014 | 1 comment | Read More »

Jeffco Superintendent Choice Elicits Comments to Denver Post

Education Policy Center staff provided input for a Denver Post story about the Jefferson County...

May 27, 2014 | No comment | Read More »

DeGrow Weighs In On Dougco, Race to the Top for Choice Media’s Reform School

Senior education policy analyst Ben DeGrow was the featured guest (via Skype) on the March...

Mar 21, 2014 | No comment | Read More »