Institute for Justice senior attorney Dick Komer presented to private school leaders, scholarship organizations, and policymakers on the legal challenges and opportunities associated with establishing a K-12 scholarship tax credit program
On Wednesday, July 31, senior education policy analyst Ben DeGrow moderated discussion for “Choice in Education is Good for Children, Parents, and Teachers,” an event sponsored by the Americans for Prosperity Foundation.
On Thursday, December 6, a panel event co-sponsored by the Independence Institute packed a State Capitol committee room with 85 people to advance the discussion about how Colorado can embrace and implement backpack funding in future K-12 policy changes.
Addressing an audience of educators, policymakers, and other citizens, four panelists shared some “outside-the-box” ideas on [...]
On Thursday, August 2, the Independence Institute Freedom Embassy hosted its second Brown Bag Lunch event with a compelling personal story highlighting the need to improve literacy in Colorado and nationwide. Addressing an audience of more than 50 Colorado educators, officials and other interested citizens, John Corcoran, president and CEO of the John Corcoran Foundation, [...]
On Thursday, April 12, the Independence Institute Freedom Embassy hosted its first-ever Brown Bag Lunch event with a presentation on the research that informs educator effectiveness policies. Manhattan Institute senior fellow and University of Colorado at Colorado Springs professor Dr. Marcus A. Winters shared the findings from his new book Teachers Matter with an audience [...]
On Thursday, January 26, Liberty on the Rocks and the Independence Institute celebrated National School Choice Week by co-hosting a special event at the Independence Institute’s new Freedom Embassy in Denver. Attendees watched selected portions of the 2011 movie Kids Aren’t Cars.
Afterward, the Education Policy Center’s Pam Benigno and Ben DeGrow shared some insights [...]
On Monday, January 23, nearly 50 Colorado online education leaders and policy experts gathered at the Independence Institute’s new Freedom Embassy to help craft a roadmap of digital learning policy priorities for the state. School district and charter school online program personnel attended alongside representatives of policy organizations.
Co-sponsored by the Independence Institute and Donnell-Kay Foundation, [...]
On November 3, Ben DeGrow participated on a discussion panel at CU-Boulder following the Colorado premiere of the documentary film American Teacher.
On October 25, senior policy analyst Ben DeGrow led a lively and thoughtful conversation on education reform Colorado-style with the Colorado Springs chapter of Liberty on the Rocks.
During the month of September the Education Policy Center hosted a series of four briefings on key Colorado education topics and local reform opportunities, specially designed for school board candidates. Center director Pam Benigno and senior policy analyst Ben DeGrow gave two presentations at the Independence Institute offices and one each in Colorado Springs and [...]