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A(New)PUSH for Truth in American History

Yesterday, I highlighted a brave Jeffco mom who was willing to go on camera and thank the...

Jeffco Mom Speaks Truth, Thanks School Board

One of the harder lessons I’m learning in my youth is that quite often tall tales can...

On Pay for Performance and Using the Right Yardstick

Pay for performance (PFP) is an incredibly hotly debated facet of education reform. I’ve never really quite...

A Tale of Two Standards? Who Can Reject a Proposed Union Contract?

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…. So begins one of the...

New Mackinac Video Reminds Us of the Power of Choice

Hello, fellow education policy explorers! It’s 4:15 on a Friday afternoon, and your favorite little edu-wonk has...

A Worthy Celebration of Instant Gratification: NC Court Upholds Choice

Only a few weeks ago we received the long-awaited news on Douglas County’s Choice Scholarship Program. While...

NEA’s Push for “Ethnic Studies” Raises Questions

I think it’s great to see people stand up for minority kids. My policy friend Ross Izard’s...

Thompson and Jeffco Stand up for Fair Charter Funding

Thompson and Jeffco Stand up for Fair Charter Funding

Many school districts do not share the additional dollars they get from voter-approved property tax increases with charter schools. Traditional public schools often have access to a good deal more money than charters. But two Colorado districts recently passed budgets that reflect more equitable funding for charter school students. Jefferson County completed its journey toward equalization, and Thompson took the first step. Reform majorities on both school boards drove the move toward funding equalization. Other districts take note: This is how you do it.

June 19, 2015 | Comments Off | Read More »

The State of K-12 Union Contract Transparency

The State of K-12 Union Contract Transparency

More than a decade before Proposition 104 shone a light on the negotiation process, the General Assembly required that the negotiation product should be made available using online technology. Lacking any sort of enforcement mechanism, a significant minority of bargaining school districts have fallen short of the basic expectation, though persistent reminders helped in many cases. Given the experience with union contract transparency, citizens should not take for granted full compliance with the letter and spirit of the new open negotiations law.

February 26, 2015 | No comment | Read More »

Amy Oliver Show: Falcon 49 Forges Smarter Budget Path

Amy Oliver Show: Falcon 49 Forges Smarter Budget Path

Falcon 49 Chief Business Officer Brett Ridgway explains how his school district’s unique model pushes important budget decisions down to the school level.

March 11, 2015 | No comment | Read More »

Devil’s Advocate: More Colorado Charter Schools Get Fair Funding

Devil’s Advocate: More Colorado Charter Schools Get Fair Funding

Colorado League of Charter Schools president Nora Flood and CompleteColorado.com education reporter Sherrie Peif join guest host Ben DeGrow to discuss recent victories for fair charter school funding in Jefferson County and Thompson School District.

July 7, 2015 | No comment | Read More »

Events

National School Choice Week Comes to Colorado Capitol

National School Choice Week Comes to Colorado Capitol

On January 26, the Independence Institute joined 13 other local groups in co-sponsoring a first-time National School Choice Week rally at...

Feb 12, 2015 | No comment | 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

Wallet Hub Study Cites Observations on K-12 Spending Efficiency

Senior education policy analyst Ben DeGrow's comments were cited in a new Wallet Hub study...

Mar 20, 2015 | No comment | Read More »

Analyst Shares Insights, Lessons from Lobato School Funding Case

In a School Reform News story about Kansas’ school funding battle in the courts, senior...

Feb 6, 2015 | No comment | Read More »

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 »