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A Dandelion on a Battlefield: Taking a Timeout to Celebrate 2015′s Daniels Scholars

Another Friday has arrived, my friends. In Colorado education, this week saw the continuation of an increasingly...

Urban Charters Rock CREDO’s Newest Report

Earlier this week, we celebrated Alabama’s entry into the world of charters even as we mourned the...

RIP, C-FLEX? This Year Perhaps, But Bring Back the Debit Card ASAP

Yesterday I celebrated the fantastic news that Alabama has become the 43rd charter school state. In that...

Alabama Joins the Charter Club

Not too long ago, I wrote about why I love it when school choice is talked about...

The Most Important Policy Field Trips Are the Ones I’m Not On

Fridays are always better when they involve policy field trips, don’t you think? This morning, I had...

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 about the...

NEA: Colorado Falls from 21st to 22nd in Per-Pupil Spending – Sound the Alarms!

The bad news? Today is one of those days when little Eddie is going to be a...

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.

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: 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...

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 »