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Thompson Board Stands Firm on Bad Contract; Union Backers Go Haywire

Yesterday I prepped you for the big vote and showdown at last night’s Thompson school board meeting...

Thompson Gears Up for the Final (?) Battle

We’ve talked an awful lot about Thompson School District recently. And why wouldn’t we? The district and...

Tuesday Twofer: More Legal Victories for School Choice

This year has been a big year for school choice, and a decidedly bad year for teachers...

Tuesday Twofer: More Legal Victories for School Choice

This year has been a big year for school choice, and a decidedly bad year for teachers...

A Friday Reminder of What Kids Can Do

It’s been a while since we’ve had a good, fun Friday post. All that serious edu-business just...

Two New Scholarship Tax Credit States Help Bolster Choice Equation

Earlier this week, I gave you the review of K-12 education issues in the Colorado legislative session...

Little Eddie Digs Out After the 2015 Legislative Session

The 2015 legislative session ended last week, and I have no doubt you are all eagerly awaiting...

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 »