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Yes, It’s Hard to Be Humble — for Education Reformers and for This Blog

There have been more than a few times when I’ve gloated about an awesome blog idea that...

If You Want Something Done Right: CEA Steps into Thompson’s Union Negotiations

After observing many of them on the playground, I can say that bullies are interesting creatures. Usually,...

Due to Choice Fight, Florida Adds School Board Member Choice: What Next?

If I had a nickel for every time the word choice was used on this blog, my...

New CBTA Report on School Choice Smells Like Bologna

The last few Fridays have been absolutely lovely. They were sunny, warm, and filled with delicious new...

“Twin” Studies Add More Pieces to Teacher Effectiveness Puzzle

Apparently, there has been some rampant speculation that little Eddie is actually little Eddies, that there is...

Little Eddie’s Wednesday Triple Play: Dougco, School Choice, and Accountability

I feel like we have few distinct tracks here on Little Eddie’s edu-blog. We often talk about...

Whichever Way You Look, Colorado Seems to be Stuck in a Testing Rut

I came across a story in yesterday’s Los Angeles Times under the headline: “Majority of California’s Latino...

Exciting Stuff: Jeffco’s Jefferson Area Plan Moves Closer to a Vote

Exciting Stuff: Jeffco’s Jefferson Area Plan Moves Closer to a Vote

Some positive efforts for change are underway in the Jefferson Articulation Area, one of Jeffco’s most challenging regions. An important improvement plan faces a March 5 board vote. The plan is the culmination of a huge process that pulled together district officials, school leaders, community members, and parents. Education collaboration is a beautiful thing. Let’s hope it leads to better results for students!

February 26, 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.

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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: The Education Elephant in the Room

Devil’s Advocate: The Education Elephant in the Room

Dr. Donna Nicholson and Dr. Karen Kay Harveydiscuss their new book, Sacred Elephants: The Catastrophic Crisis in Education Impacting the Decline of America. How is our education system failing our kids today?

March 2, 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...

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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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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...

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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 »