School Choice

Another Victory For Choice: Alabama’s STC Program Wins the Day

I love to see choice win. In fact, I’m hoping that we will have a favorable ruling on the Douglas County Choice Scholarship Program from the Colorado Supreme Court any day now. In the meantime, I’ll have to make due with another victory for scholarship tax credits down south. Just this week, the Alabama Supreme [...]

Reading New ETS Report on Millennials Not Likely to Cheer You Up

A few weeks ago I raised the question: Should I get my hopes up about Colorado course choice again? Today, it seems more appropriate to ask whether I should get my hopes up at all. Yeah, you might think that sounds kind of depressing. But dare I say you haven’t yet had the chance to [...]

Amy Oliver Show: Veteran Educators Take On K-12 Sacred Elephants

Veteran educators and Sacred Elephants co-authors Karen Harvey and Donna Nicholson share their diagnosis of what’s ailing our schools and offer solutions to get us back on the right path.

Amy Oliver Show: Successful Windsor Charter to Open High School

Windsor Charter Academy principal Rebecca Teeples talks about what brings families to her K-8 Core Knowledge school, and shares the news that a high school campus will be opening this fall.

Keeping the Conversation Going: Independence Institute’s New National School Choice Week Video

I’ve spent a lot of time at the Colorado State Capitol over the last month or so. Committee hearings, meetings, awkward hallway loitering—you name it, this little guy has done it. But by far the most fun I’ve had under the golden dome was the National School Choice Week rally last month. I hope you [...]

Video: Colorado Celebrates School Choice Week 2015

On January 26, 2015, a diverse group of students, parents, teachers, and school leaders gathered at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver to kick off National School Choice Week. Featured speakers – including a K-12 scholarship recipient, former school board member, high school teacher, and Democratic and Republican state legislators – highlighted the power of […]

New ESA Momentum Could Make 2015 “Year of School Choice: Part II”

One bit of wisdom I’ve gleaned in my young life is that when it comes to movies, the sequel is most often not as good as the original. There are exceptions, yes, but it’s a good rule of thumb. When it comes to education policy, though, I fully hope and expect the trend to be [...]

Overcoming the Gloom, Focusing on the Sunshine of #SchoolChoice

Well, the Brookings Institution this week released its latest edition of the Education Choice and Competition Index. Might I add the acronym ECCI (ecky?), awash in a sea of edu-acronyms through which yours truly has to doggy paddle day after day, is just a bit too much fun to say. And say. And say again. [...]

Today’s Policy Field Trip to Senate Ed and the Discussion to Come

As you all know, I love policy field trips. And I especially love those field trips when they are about something as fun as school choice. Maybe that’s why I had so much fun at today’s Senate Education hearing. Well, the very end of it, anyway; I showed up a little late. My little legs [...]

After School Choice Week, How About Educate the Reporters Week?

Last Friday I was overflowing with enthusiasm at the kickoff of the 5th annual National School Choice Week. I got even more excited Monday morning for the big Denver celebration at our own State Capitol, where hundreds of school kids and others came to wear their yellow scarves, show their support. There was even some [...]