The Latest

Testing Issue Isn’t as Easy as “1, 2, 3,” But You’ve Got to Start Somewhere

Have you ever watched a big person prepare to do some public speaking behind a microphone? Or...

Colorado’s K-12 Testing Debate: What Should Stay and What Should Go?

If there is a single word that defines the 2015 K-12 education conversation in Colorado and the...

Little Eddie’s Wet Blanket: What Rise in Teacher ACT-SAT ScoresTells Us

Earlier this week, we talked about a National Council on Teacher Quality report on teacher pension systems....

After School Choice Week, How About Educate the Reporters Week?

Last Friday I was overflowing with enthusiasm at the kickoff of the 5th annual National School Choice...

Colorado Gets Bad Grade on NCTQ’s Latest Pension Report

We’ve been talking a lot about policy recently. ESEA reauthorization issues, the hazards of requiring state testing...

School Choice Week 2015 Has Officially Arrived

It’s Friday again, my friends. As usual, that means your favorite little edublogger has spent his day...

Survey Highlights Importance of Keeping State Tests off Private Schools

Though not so much this time of year, my Dad and I like to play catch in...

Can’t Contain My Excitement: Dougco Case Reaches Supreme Court Today

Can’t Contain My Excitement: Dougco Case Reaches Supreme Court Today

Don’t get me wrong: Christmas will be great when it comes in a couple weeks, but there’s only one Douglas County Choice Scholarship Program hearing before the Colorado Supreme Court! Following a great amicus brief and a terrific Denver Post op-ed written by a Dougco dad, a positive ruling sometime in 2015 could open doors and break down more barriers in parts of Colorado and beyond, giving students and families access to more educational options than ever before. Power to the students and the parents!

December 10, 2014 | Comments Off | Read More »

A Scholarship Tax Credit Program for Colorado

A Scholarship Tax Credit Program for Colorado

Scholarship tax credits increase the opportunity for K-12 students to access non-public educational options. Such a tax code modification increases the incentive for persons and businesses to contribute funds to qualified non-profit scholarship granting organizations. In turn, the organizations use most of the incoming funds to assist low- and middle-income families with private school tuition expenses. Colorado policymakers should give careful consideration to providing many of the state’s families an important benefit through the adoption of scholarship tax credits.

January 5, 2015 | 23 comments | Read More »

Amy Oliver Show: Dougco Board Member Talks Testing Changes

Amy Oliver Show: Dougco Board Member Talks Testing Changes

Douglas County Board of Education director Craig Richardson discusses his vision for local innovation, and shares some insights regarding the testing debate unfolding at the State Capitol.

January 16, 2015 | No comment | Read More »

Devil’s Advocate: The Power of K-12 Scholarships to Change Lives

Devil’s Advocate: The Power of K-12 Scholarships to Change Lives

Tune in to Devil’s Advocate with host Jon Caldara as he and Independence Institute Education Policy Center director Pam Benigno speak with Jamilla Dennis, a college student at Howard University whose life was forever changed by a scholarship from the Colorado-based Challenge Foundation. Jamilla offers a first-hand account of the powerful effect K-12 tuition scholarships can have on students’ lives.

December 23, 2014 | No comment | Read More »

Events

School Choice Week 2015 Has Officially Arrived

School Choice Week 2015 Has Officially Arrived

It’s Friday again, my friends. As usual, that means your favorite little edublogger has spent his day trying to wrap things...

Jan 23, 2015 | Comments Off | Read More »
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...

Feb 3, 2014 | No comment | Read More »

Ed Center in the News

DeGrow Chimes In on Accountability Clock for School Reform News

A recent School Reform News article by Heather Kays on the potential state takeover of...

Jan 5, 2015 | No comment | Read More »

CO Independent Cites DeGrow on Dougco Choice in Supreme Court

A December 12 Colorado Independent story by Lisa Greim on the Douglas County Choice Scholarship...

Dec 12, 2014 | No comment | Read More »

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 »