Falcon School District 49 innovation zone leader Kim McClelland discusses the newly-approved statewide Colorado Prep Online Academy, a K-12 school. Authorized by the Colorado Digital BOCES, the first to focus solely on high-quality digital learning, CPOA will provide both online and face-to-face instruction, including opportunities for concurrent enrollment.
Commemorating the 20th anniversary of Colorado’s groundbreaking Charter Schools Act, Education Policy Center director Pam Benigno reflects on the parental demand, political drama, and personal tragedy that make a colorful tale of how the law came to be.
Senior education policy analyst Ben DeGrow and University of Colorado-Colorado Springs professor Joshua Dunn break down the Colorado Supreme Court’s landmark Lobato ruling. By a 4-2 margin, the Court overturned a 2011 decision that would have cost an additional $1.35 to $4.15 billion a year to fund K-12 education.
Senator Scott Renfroe, Republican from Weld County, explains why he could not support Senate Bill 213 or its accompanying tax increase proposal, given the weakness of reforms and the availability of other existing budget funds.
State Rep. Justin Everett, a conservative freshman legislator from Jefferson County, talks about serving in the minority party on the House Education Committee, his vision for education reform, and why he opposed SB 213, the school finance bill tied to a billion dollar tax increase proposal.
Pam Mazanec talks about her role serving eastern Colorado on the State Board of Education, and celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week with some positive news statewide and in Douglas County from Colorado’s latest official TELL teacher survey.
An April 2013 survey commissioned by the Independence Institute found that healthy majorities of Douglas County residents support their school board’s innovative agenda.
Jim Griffin, president of the Colorado League of Charter Schools, talks about a new report that documents the growth of the state’s public charter school movement, and the better academic outcomes their schools are getting with less funds.
Norm Jennings, Adams 12 school board director, talks about the district’s efforts to bring discredited union accusations into the light by holding collective bargaining negotiations in full public view.
Following up on his op-ed for the Denver Post, John Conlin from End the Education Plantation talks about a better K-12 reform idea than what is presented in Colorado’s school finance reform bill, SB 213.