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Silly Season Won’t Last, So Find Out Candidate Stances on Key K-12 Issues

Oh, it’s the silliest, silliest season of the year. How do I know? My grandpa muttering under his breath when one more irritating political ad interrupts his otherwise enjoyable viewing of Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. And the other night my mom crumpling up the latest campaign attack flier that came in our mailbox and [...]

COLA Wars: Yesterday’s Colorado Supreme Court Ruling on PERA

My parents don’t often let me drink soda, but I like to think of myself as a Coca-Cola guy. Pepsi just doesn’t quite do it for me. And don’t even get me started on the off-brand colas. Big K Cola? Yuck! I have to admit, though, that I haven’t yet tasted this PERA COLA thing [...]

Serious Discussion: Common Core Missteps Demand a Smarter Response

I’ve discovered a new way to make myself the least popular kid on the playground or at a birthday party. All I have to do is just come running in and say with my outdoor voice, “Hey, who wants to have a serious discussion about Common Core?” Rolling eyes. Blank stares. Condescending sneers. Befuddled head-shaking. [...]

The Unfair Retirement PERA-chute: New Group Pushes for Pension Reform

Happy Friday, readers. I know we’ll all be starting our weekends in a few hours, but I think there’s time to squeeze in just a little more education policy before then. Today’s topic: reform efforts centered on Colorado’s Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA). I’ve written about PERA and some of its pitfalls before, but let’s [...]

New Florida Video Sounds the Call for Return of the School Choice Jedi

A little over a month ago I pointed out how the Empire is striking back through the courts against successful school choice programs that help students and satisfy parents. The main front in the attack is Florida, where the teachers union and school boards association have sued to stop issuing tax credits, a way of [...]

Dangerous Decoration: How Much is Too Much for the Classroom?

My English classroom has a fish in it. No, not a real fish. A fish sticker. A shiny fish sticker with glittery scales, blue eyes, and an intriguingly amused expression on his (her?) face. Sometimes it feels like the fish sticker is staring at me. Have you ever tried reading or writing with a shiny [...]

Two New Columns Bring Us Back to Reality in Jeffco Public Schools

It’s time to cut through the fog. Pieces of misinformation about the Jeffco school board have become so rampant that, even with your low-beams on, you’re bound to run into one or two of them. To deny the concentrated campaign of union field-tested talking points has been effective at increasing the numbers and volume of [...]

Amy Oliver Show: What’s Really Behind Jeffco Controversy?

On the second hour of the October 8 Amy Oliver Show, the dynamic Education Policy Center duo of Ross Izard and Ben DeGrow explain the political power struggle going on in the Jeffco school district, the possibility of recalls, and how some have chosen to bully one female board member. [http://1310kfka.com/audio/amy100814hr2.mp3]

Education Reform Times May Be A-Changin’, But Not for All

A long time ago, during an era known as “The Sixties,” there was a popular song called “The Times They Are a-Changin’”. Or so my Grandpa tells me. Apparently, it’s a sort of iconic piece about all the upheaval that was starting during this distant past. I have to say it’s a catchy tune, too. [...]

A Show in Jeffco: Last Week’s Meeting and What Lies Ahead

As you may recall, I went to a party last Thursday night. Sadly, I didn’t find the snacks I was promised (though not for lack of trying). What I did find was a relatively small room absolutely packed with cameras, tension, and people wearing cheaply designed custom t-shirts. And snacks or no snacks, I got [...]