School Choice

New Arrupe Jesuit Profile Highlights the Power of Educational Freedom

It’s almost time for July 4th! We’re only hours away from barbeques, fireworks, and copious amounts of flag waving. Before we get to that stuff, though, let’s take a few minutes to talk about a different kind freedom: The kind that empowers kids without means to access the high-quality educational options they need to build [...]

Denver Post Editors Hit Back-to-Back Homers for Students, Parents

My dad told me about these crinkly pieces of paper with print on them that people used to get, something they would read to find out what’s going on in the world. I guess they’re called “newspapers”? Apparently, some websites actually have newspapers, or so I’m told. The last few days, the editors of one [...]

Building Hope: A Profile of Arrupe Jesuit High School

Education policy analyst Ross Izard profiles west Denver’s Arrupe Jesuit High School, a successful program serving low-income, minority students with its signature Corporate Work Study Program and a deep-rooted culture of justice, giving, and compassion.

Dougco Decision Brings Good News and Bad

By now, my faithful readers should be familiar with Douglas County School District’s embattled first-of-its-kind local voucher program, the Choice Scholarship Program (CSP). I was super excited about an amicus brief written by my friends at the Friedman Foundation and the Independence Institute way back in August of last year, and could barely contain myself during [...]

Colorado Supremes Reject Dougco Choice Program

The Independence Institute, Colorado’s leading pro-freedom policy voice, is deeply disappointed by today’s legal setback against a groundbreaking school choice program, but sees a small ray of hope for students who seek more quality learning options.

Big Bucks or Big Misconception? Report Sheds Light on Philanthropy in Charter Sector

Last Friday, we celebrated votes in two of my favorite districts, Jeffco and Thompson, to provide more equitable funding to charter school students. In that post, I briefly mentioned that there were some inaccurate anti-equitability arguments floating around before the board votes. We’re going to tackle one of those misconceptions today: The argument that charters [...]

Thompson and Jeffco Stand up for Fair Charter Funding

Many school districts do not share the additional dollars they get from voter-approved property tax increases with charter schools. Traditional public schools often have access to a good deal more money than charters. But two Colorado districts recently passed budgets that reflect more equitable funding for charter school students. Jefferson County completed its journey toward equalization, and Thompson took the first step. Reform majorities on both school boards drove the move toward funding equalization. Other districts take note: This is how you do it.

Great Minds Assemble to Promote ESA Success for Nevada Students

A couple weeks ago I giddily danced to the national news of this year’s growing momentum behind educational choice. Foremost among recent developments is Nevada’s breakthrough adoption of a nearly universal ESA program in Nevada. This snippet from Leslie Hiner’s new column in The Hill puts the new Education Savings Account in perspective: During the [...]

Colorado Lags Behind Other States in Advancing Educational Choice

As state after state puts parental choice and educational quality for all ahead of politics and entrenched interests, it is becoming increasingly clear educational choice is no longer a novel idea. Even so, Colorado has not yet adopted legislation to fully empower its parents and students. Educational choice has seen big victories around the nation […]

Waiting for Dougco Choice Ruling? Florida, Kansas Serve Up Good News

Education policy and the courts: Usually not a match made in heaven. Though often there’s a very good reason to pay close attention. Like six months ago, when I proclaimed my excitement that the landmark Douglas County school choice case finally reached a hearing at the Colorado Supreme Court. Sorry if I got anybody’s hopes [...]