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Jeffco Teacher “Sickout” Has Me Feeling Sick… And Confused

Having to write this kind of post makes me feel a little sick to my stomach. Why...

Russian Dolls and Education Policy: New Study Looks More Closely at Teacher Evaluations

Ever heard of a matryoshka doll? You may not have heard the name before, but I bet...

Task Force Talks Testing: The Challenges Ahead

As you may have noticed, I’ve been talking a lot about testing recently (see here and here)....

The No-Longer-Invisible Achievement Gap: Challenges for Foster Kids in Colorado

My parents sometimes drive me crazy. They won’t let me drink soda or jump on (or off)...

Colorado More Leader than Laggard: A Report Card Eddie Can (Mostly) Enjoy

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you probably know I have a fondness...

Empire Strikes Back against School Choice in Courts; Don’t Give Up!

A couple days ago I tossed out a Star Trek reference. Today, it’s going to be a...

Pressing Forward with Scholarship Tax Credits in Colorado

Although programs increasing school choice through private investment have a strong legal track record, opponents continue pushing...

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 …

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Amy Oliver Show: Blended Learning Grows Denver “Roots”

Amy Oliver Show: Blended Learning Grows Denver “Roots”

Jon Hanover talks about his his role as founder of the newly approved, innovative blended learning Denver charter school Roots Elementary—opening in fall 2015.

July 24, 2014 | No comment | Read More »

DeGrow Weighs In On Dougco, Race to the Top for Choice Media’s Reform School

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 20 edition of Choice Media’s Reform School, with host Bob Bowdon. The 22-minute video of brisk conversation focused on newsworthy K-12 education stories can be viewed below:

Covered topics included the Colorado Supreme Court agreeing to take the Douglas County school choice case, a Michigan teachers union contract that grants “special consideration” to non-Christian employee candidates, a North Carolina

March 21, 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

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 | No 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...

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Citizen Magazine Features Education Center Remarks on Colorado Reform Successes

The March 2014 cover story of Focus on the Family’s Citizen magazine highlighted the education-themed...

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