On July 13, 2011, Parents for Choice in Education board chair and Digital Learning Council member Robyn Bagley shared with Colorado online educators, school leaders, experts and officials about Utah’s groundbreaking, paradigm-shifting Senate Bill 65. With the passage of this 2011 law, her state became the first to turn the recommendations of the Digital Learning Council into a comprehensive state policy.
On March 12, 2011, senior policy analyst Ben DeGrow was privileged to address more than 50 members and guests at the North Suburban Republican Forum in Thornton, Colo. After introducing some of the Education Policy Center’s media products and sharing some background on the history of school choice and on research supporting school choice, Ben [...]
At the Colorado Cyberschool Association Day at the Capitol Event on February 24, 2011, education policy analyst Ben DeGrow presented some school choice resources to parents and educators in attendance.
On January 11, 2011, more than 30 of Colorado’s online educators, school leaders, experts and officials gathered at the Independence Institute for an important meeting focused on online and blended learning. Those in attendance were able to learn about national trends and the recommendations of the Digital Learning Council, to discuss obstacles to promoting innovation [...]
On Tuesday, August 3, nearly 40 state legislative candidates and other guests attended a briefing hosted by the Independence Institute. During the morning session, policy analyst Ben DeGrow gave a presentation on K-12 school finance policies, potentially cost-saving reforms and other considerations.
On July 19 Education Policy Center Pamela Benigno addressed a group of state grassroots education leaders at a National Coalition of Public School Options meeting in Washington, D.C. Her presentation on the importance of parent power was well-received by the audience.
On June 23 the Education Policy Center was honored to host state senator Michael Johnston leading a discussion with Colorado teachers about the new teacher tenure reform law: Senate Bill 191. His presentation was the main focus of our sixth annual Independent Teachers Fellowship.
For more on SB 191, see policy analyst Ben DeGrow’s May 2010 [...]
Director and executive producer Bob Bowdon gives a sneak peek behind his award-winning new education documentary The Cartel, which focuses on New Jersey to offer a fresh inside look at the K-12 public school system and the need for significant reform. The Cartel is on its way to Denver’s Chez Artiste Theatre for the week of April 30-May 6, including a special screening event (May 4, 7 PM) co-hosted by the Independence Institute.
How much do teachers, administrators, and other K-12 education employees really earn in extra pension benefits?
Steve Maggi of the Evergreen Freedom Foundation discusses his group’s entertaining new documentary Flunked, which tells some amazing education success stories to highlight the current shortcomings of America’s public school system and ways it can change. Flunked makes its Colorado debut on Wednesday, May 21. Information on the event is available at the Independence Institute website.