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).

School Boards Push Teacher Accountability

Union leaders are actively challenging school principals’ newfound authority to keep the worst teachers out of their classrooms. The state legislative majority has shrunk from the chance to reward the best teachers. But some local school boards have begun to take the reins of reform.
Research shows teachers who get the most out of students can [...]

Amy Oliver Show: Teacher Tenure and A Tale of Two Court Cases

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Prof. Joshua Dunn talks about the Colorado Education Association’s lawsuit to protect teacher tenure, contrasted with a California court case brought in the name of students to force reforms of teacher tenure.

DeGrow Responds On Air to Teachers Union Tenure Lawsuit

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 “mutual [...]

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 [...]

Research Says Teachers (and Teacher Policy) Matter

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs professor and Manhattan Institute senior fellow Dr. Marcus Winters discusses the major themes of his new book Teachers Matter. Learn what research has to say about how to identify, promote and reward effective teachers.

DeGrow Comments on Colorado’s Educator Effectiveness Policy Progress

A story today on American Family Radio News (One News Now) about Colorado’s latest step toward measuring teachers based on effectiveness featured comments from senior policy analyst Ben DeGrow. In an interview with reporter Bob Kellogg, DeGrow put the development in context and urged the state to move toward performance-based educator pay.

Let’s Pay Teachers to Be Effective, Too

Colorado is one key step closer to distinguishing teachers who effectively help students learn from those who don’t. But we certainly haven’t overcome every obstacle to delivering top-notch instruction.The same effectiveness measures that will be used to evaluate and make tenure-related decisions ought to factor significantly into how principals and instructors are paid. This logical leap forward from rewarding educators based on years of service and academic credentials can be enhanced further by paying more for harder job and school assignments.

School Districts “Eager” to Help in Educator Effectiveness Pilot, Questions Linger

Ed News Colorado and the Denver Post both report that 41 school districts have applied to participate in the pilot for the state’s new educator effectiveness law (aka SB 191). It’s not the first Colorado major education reform program of the year in which participation has exceeded all expectations. Yet, based on reports, questions still remain about when teacher tenure will begin to be affected by the new performance evaluations.

Ed News Colorado Highlights Center Testimony on Educator Effectiveness Implementation

During public testimony at the May 12, 2011, meeting of the Colorado State Board of Education, senior policy analyst Ben DeGrow shared some preliminary insights concerning the implementation of educator effectiveness legislation (SB 191). Ed News Colorado’s Todd Engdahl highlighted one of the key points he made:
Ben DeGrow of the Independence Institute said it’s “imperative” [...]