K-12 Funding

A Step Backward on School Transparency

The Denver Post’s editorial concluded that the adoption of House Bill 1292 would make Colorado “a national leader in transparency” for public education. It got the story mostly right.

Amy Oliver Show: Education Reform Under the Gold Dome

Luke Ragland from Colorado Succeeds unpacks two big bills in the current legislative session: the teachers union’s push to save tenure protections, and the fight over how to spend extra education dollars (aka the Student Success Act).

Education Spending Transparency Doesn’t Require Massive Tax Hike

Colorado potentially faces a wasted opportunity in undertaking a push for greater school financial transparency. If state leaders talk up transparency as a new project and in vague terms, then they may miss the benefit of lessons already learned and fail to create a genuinely useful online tool.
Part of Amendment 66’s billion-dollar promise was the [...]

Amy Oliver Show: School Funding at Forefront of K-12 Legislative Business

Todd Engdahl of Chalkbeat Colorado highlights the school funding and other K-12 policy debates emerging at the State Capitol as the legislative session gets underway.

From Human Events to Campus TV: Rounding Up Amendment 66

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 billion [...]

DeGrow Points Out Late Challenges for Amendment 66 Tax Hike

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 convincing [...]

Benigno Tells 9 News Viewers: Let’s Raise Expectations, Not Taxes

On the October 25 edition of Denver’s 9 News, Education Policy Center director Pam Benigno explained why Colorado’s billion-dollar income tax hike to fund K-12 education doesn’t guarantee better results:

Benigno and the Independence Institute are against the passage of Amendment 66. She says history shows improving schools is more closely related to a change [...]

Grand Junction TV News Cites Institute Research on Amendment 66

On an October 16 broadcast of KKCO 11 News in Grand Junction, a story featured research from the Independence Institute issue backgrounder “Amendment 66: Unfair and Overpriced” and comments from senior policy analyst Ben DeGrow to highlight the impact the billion-dollar statewide education tax proposal will have on many rural Colorado schools:
If Amendment 66 passes, [...]

Amy Oliver Show: Amendment 66 Can’t Deliver Promises, Spreads the Wealth

Ben DeGrow debunks promises made in ads supporting the Amendment 66 education tax hike, and talks about how the measure redistributes income tax dollars from some rural Weld County districts to Greeley.

Gazette Story Highlights Union Maneuver around Tax Hike Election

Independence Institute’s senior education policy analyst was quoted in a September 22 Colorado Springs Gazette story about union political maneuvers around Amendment 66, the statewide education tax increase proposal. The article by Megan Schrader highlights an August 26 State Board of Education decision extending the deadline to file suit against Colorado’s 2010 tenure and evaluation [...]