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Student-Based Budgeting: A Quick Colorado Primer

Independence Institute senior education policy analyst Ben DeGrow talks with Education Policy Center director Pam Benigno about the important but overlooked practice of student-based budgeting to better ensure dollars are reaching students to serve their needs. Six Colorado school districts have stepped up to adopt the system that puts more control and responsibility in the […]

Freedom Minute: JeffCo Mom Thanks Dedicated Teachers

JeffCo Mom Patti Peters thanks the dedicated teachers at her kid’s high school who keep their focus on the classroom rather than participate in the distractions that have affected some schools in the district.

Freedom Minute: JeffCo Mom Won’t Tolerate Bullying

JeffCo Mom Linda Pelon explains why she won’t stand for the bullying she’s witnessed at JeffCo school board meetings. Despite raising teacher’s salaries and funding a new school without debt, the reform majority has been on the receiving end of opponents’ bad behavior.

Freedom Minute: Building Hope at Arrupe Jesuit

Education policy analyst Ross Izard tells the story of Arrupe Jesuit High School, where low-income kids excel and succeed.

Freedom Minute: College Board Revamps AP U.S. History Framework

Education policy analyst Ross Izard takes a look at the changes made to this year’s Advanced Placement U.S. History framework, and what those changes tell us about last fall’s “censorship” controversy in Jeffco.

Freedom Minute: JeffCo Mom Thanks School Board

JeffCo graduate and mom Jennifer Butts thanks the current school board for listening to parents like her, and for advancing reforms that help ensure her kids — and all JeffCo kids — have access to options that best serve their needs.

Freedom Minute: The Dougco Voucher Program Decision

Senior education policy analyst Ben DeGrow explains the silver lining to the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling against the Douglas County school choice program.

Freedom Minute: The Nuttiness of Teachers Union Contracts

Education policy research associate Greg Bratton gives some, interesting examples of items from Colorado teachers union contracts.

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Jeffco Schools third grader Jordan Smith shares her excitement to be starting a new charter school next year that will challenge her more.

Freedom Minute: Education Debit Card

Senior education policy analyst Ben DeGrow introduces the Education Debit Card, a school choice program that is gaining popularity in different states.