Podcasts

Amy Oliver Show: Dougco Regains State’s Top Education Rating

Douglas County school board president Kevin Larsen celebrates the district’s return to the state’s highest accreditation rating and discusses some of what has gone into the strong performance.

Amy Oliver Show: Union Takes Another Crack at Tenure Lawsuit

Luke Ragland from Colorado Succeeds talks about the ongoing implementation of Senate Bill 191 and the Colorado Education Association’s decision to appeal a pro-tenure reform court ruling.

Amy Oliver Show: Mom Responds to Arne Duncan on Testing

Cheri Kiesecker, a Fort Collins mom, discusses U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s recent remarks and other developments related to Common Core and standardized testing.

Amy Oliver Show: What’s Really Behind Jeffco Controversy?

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.

Amy Oliver Show: Breaking Down Jeffco Myths

Jefferson County Students First executive director Sheila Atwell discusses the school board’s now performance pay plan, the goals to increase student achievement, and the true story behind the highly publicized teacher sickouts and student protests.

Amy Oliver Show: Scholarship Tax Credits Win in Courts

The Cato Institute’s Jason Bedrick celebrates a New Hampshire court victory for scholarship tax credits, while observing the strategy of school choice opponents to continue with a series of lawsuits against Florida’s highly successful scholarship tax credit program.

Amy Oliver Show: Can Colorado Have Testing Flexibility and Accountability?

Colorado State Board of Education chair Paul Lundeen talks about his goal to give schools and districts more flexibility in the standardized testing regime, while keeping academic results transparent and comparable and the system accountable to parents and taxpayers.

Amy Oliver Show: Liberty Common HS Breaks State ACT Record

Liberty Common High School (LCHS) principal Bob Schaffer and senior Jesse Zuniga talk about what goes into their school this year shattering the state’s record score on the ACT test, with a 28.63 average.

Amy Oliver Show: National Employee Freedom Week and Teacher Options

On a special National Employee Freedom Week edition, Professional Association of Colorado Educators regional membership director Tim Farmer discusses the difficulty teachers in many school districts face in trying to exercise their right to end union membership.

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.