School Choice

Colorado Charter Schools Serving Students and Families Well

More Colorado families are choosing their children’s educational path than ever before. As of last year, charter schools were serving 11 percent of Colorado’s K-12 public school students. That’s more than 96,000 charter students attending more than 210 charter schools.

1000s Embrace Florida K-12 Choice: When Can Colorado Kids Win, Too?

I hope you haven’t forgotten about helping Colorado Kids Win (including giving the Facebook page a “Like”). After all, it’s been two whole weeks since I’ve reminded you about the benefits of K-12 scholarship tax credits that our state’s kids could really use. And you know that this particular little kid will use almost any [...]

Amy Oliver Show: Blended Learning Grows Denver “Roots”

Jon Hanover talks about his his role as founder of the newly approved, innovative blended learning Denver charter school Roots Elementary—opening in fall 2015.

Can’t Get Enough Productivity: Charter Schools Doing More with Less

If “productivity” is really a dirty word for education, as some critics would like us to believe, maybe that explains why I feel the overwhelming urge to write about it for the second time in less than a week. A kind of “forbidden fruit” thing, you know. Or maybe the connection just was too easy [...]

School District Partnerships Help Colorado K-12 Blended Learning Take Flight

This paper focuses on system-wide blended learning efforts in three Front Range school districts and a group of rural districts in the San Luis Valley. The report also provides a list of state and national resources for schools and districts looking to implement blended learning techniques on a limited or system-wide basis and questions to consider prior to starting. Blended learning implementation in Falcon School District 49, Greeley-Evans School District 6, St. Vrain Valley School District, and in the San Luis Valley varies from the degree of centralization to the use of partner organizations to how districts are building on existing resources.

School Choice Supply and Demand: Improving Both Sides of the Equation

Promoting school choice is a means to an end. Namely? Opportunity for all kids to learn and meet their potential in an educational environment that best suits them, accelerating them toward their maximum academic and social potential. I talk here a lot about school choice, and the power of my parents being able to select [...]

Amy Oliver Show: What Do Americans Think About Standardized Tests, School Choice?

What do Americans think about standardized testing, Common Core, vouchers, and charter schools? Paul DiPerna shares insights from the Friedman Foundation’s new K-12 education national survey.

Dougco Choice Spirit on Display with Aspiring Florida School Board Leader

Writing over at redefinED today, Travis Pillow features a Floridian named Brian Graham, a school choice supporter who is running for his local Board of Education: If he’s successful this fall, he will join the small but growing ranks of school board members around the state – including his friend Jason Fischer in neighboring Duval [...]

Friedman Survey Finds Big Shift on Standardized Testing, Not to Mention….

For someone who has what some would consider an unhealthy fascination with education surveys, it has been awhile since I really delved into one of them. Back then, the big concern was about PDK/Gallup’s wording of a key question about school choice — adding the ominous phrase “at public expense.” This latest survey of a [...]

Florida Doubles Number of States with Cutting-Edge Choice through ESAs

“And then there were two.” Usually that phrase suggests narrowing down the field, like moving to the championship round of your favorite sport with only the two finalists left to vie for the title. Or maybe like tomorrow in Colorado, it means narrowing down the field of major party candidates to one each. But today’s [...]