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Buckle Up for the Ride, Colorado: The Testing Issue Isn’t Going Away Soon

Tests in schools, tests in schools. Why do I have a strange sort of feeling this issue...

Building a Well-Rounded Education: Field Trips and Hamlet with Dr. Jay Greene

Sometimes my mom pokes fun at my dad for being a little portly. His response is always...

Silly Season Won’t Last, So Find Out Candidate Stances on Key K-12 Issues

Oh, it’s the silliest, silliest season of the year. How do I know? My grandpa muttering under...

COLA Wars: Yesterday’s Colorado Supreme Court Ruling on PERA

My parents don’t often let me drink soda, but I like to think of myself as a...

Serious Discussion: Common Core Missteps Demand a Smarter Response

I’ve discovered a new way to make myself the least popular kid on the playground or at...

The Unfair Retirement PERA-chute: New Group Pushes for Pension Reform

Happy Friday, readers. I know we’ll all be starting our weekends in a few hours, but I...

New Florida Video Sounds the Call for Return of the School Choice Jedi

A little over a month ago I pointed out how the Empire is striking back through the...

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 »