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2015 School Board Candidate Briefing Materials

The Education Policy Center has received numerous requests for the information it provided to school board candidates across Colorado this year. One of the Center’s primary goals is to educate local education leaders about important education policy issues, thereby equipping them to make smart, well-informed decisions in their school districts. As part of that effort, […]

Student-Based Budgeting Event Draws Colorado District Leaders, Policy Experts

On September 3, 2015, the Independence Institute and the Reason Foundation co-sponsored an in-depth panel and speaker event titled “Student-Based Budgeting in Colorado” at the Denver DoubleTree Hilton. Featuring financial experts from three of Colorado’s student-based budgeting districts, as well as five national expert speakers, the event drew 60 people to attend, including administrative and […]

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 the Colorado State Capitol.

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 of the Spanish-language version of Waiting for Superman. The event was part of the fourth annual National School Choice Week celebration.

Institute for Justice Attorney Touts Scholarship Tax Credit Legality

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

Colo. Capitol Room Packed to Talk Student Backpack Funding

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 […]

Literacy Champion John Corcoran Shares Inspiring Tale of Triumph

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, […]

Teachers Matter Author Headlines First Independence Institute Brown Bag Lunch Event

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 […]

Independence Institute, Liberty on the Rocks Celebrate School Choice Week with Kids Aren’t Cars Movie

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 […]

Education Policy Center Briefings Bring Out School Board Candidates Across Colorado

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 […]