A December 12 Colorado Independent story by Lisa Greim on the Douglas County Choice Scholarship Program’s hearing before the Colorado Supreme Court included a comment from senior education policy analyst Ben DeGrow about what a favorable ruling might mean: “There’s a wait-and-see attitude” among districts, DeGrow said. A Supreme Court ruling favorable to school-choice proponents […]
The teacher sickouts and student walkouts in Jefferson County have drawn national headlines, but the true reasons behind the action have not received as much play. A national Reuters story explaining the Jeffco school board’s October 2 vote to create a more inclusive and transparent curriculum review process features insights into the manufactured controversy provided […]
The Pueblo Chieftain features coverage of a special Independence Institute billboard message notifying local teachers of their limited opportunity to avoid paying union membership or non-member “representation” fees.
Education Policy Center staff provided input for a Denver Post story about the Jefferson County school board’s looming decision regarding the finalist for the superintendent position, reported today by John Aguilar: Ben DeGrow, education policy analyst with the Independence Institute, said McMinimee has deep roots in Jefferson County. He grew up in Arvada and Littleton […]
Senior education policy analyst Ben DeGrow was the featured guest (via Skype) on the March 20 edition of Choice Media’s Reform School, with host Bob Bowdon. The 22-minute video of brisk conversation focused on newsworthy K-12 education stories.
The March 2014 cover story of Focus on the Family’s Citizen magazine highlighted the education-themed results from Colorado’s November 2013 election–including Amendment 66 and school board results in Douglas County, Jefferson County, and Thompson. “A Good Night for School Reform” by Matt Kaufman featured quotes from the Independence Institute. Among other points, Education Policy Center […]
In response to the Colorado Education Association’s public announcement that they are filing a lawsuit and supporting legislation to undo a key provision of the state’s 2010 tenure reform, senior policy analyst Ben DeGrow has taken to the airwaves. In a recorded interview with American Family Radio News (One News Now), DeGrow explained that the […]
Senior education policy analyst Ben DeGrow chronicled the demise of Amendment 66, the billion-dollar tax increase, for a national audience with a debut column published November 8 in Human Events: Close observers were almost unanimously stunned by the force of the blow that capsized Amendment 66. The proposal to raise state income taxes by a […]
On the November 6 edition of 9 News, senior education policy analyst Ben DeGrow shared his thoughts on where Jefferson County Schools might go in the wake of a surprising election of three conservative reform candidates to the five-member board: …he does not believe that everything happening in Douglas County will make its way into […]
As decision day for Colorado’s Amendment 66 approaches, senior education policy analyst Ben DeGrow talked with national reporters about the serious challenges of persuading voters to adopt a billion-dollar tax increase. Associated Press reporter Kristin Wyatt quoted his “confident” reaction: “They’re starting out with a huge financial advantage, but they are pushing a boulder uphill […]