School Choice

New Mackinac Video Reminds Us of the Power of Choice

Hello, fellow education policy explorers! It’s 4:15 on a Friday afternoon, and your favorite little edu-wonk has quite a few things left to accomplish before he heads into a fun-filled weekend. Unfortunately, that means we aren’t going to have time for an in-depth conversation today. But never fear!  The Mackinac Center for Public Policy has [...]

A Worthy Celebration of Instant Gratification: NC Court Upholds Choice

Only a few weeks ago we received the long-awaited news on Douglas County’s Choice Scholarship Program. While the Colorado Supreme Court narrowly left us to wait even longer and hold out hope for something even bigger and better, today brings some news of instant gratification. I only have a few minutes to share with you [...]

NEA’s Push for “Ethnic Studies” Raises Questions

I think it’s great to see people stand up for minority kids. My policy friend Ross Izard’s recent profile of Arrupe Jesuit High School was a reminder of just how powerful those efforts can be, particularly in the context of using educational choice to provide opportunities these kids otherwise would not have. Some of you [...]

Close Look at Diverse Charter Options Helps to Tell Us What Parents Want

What do parents want? I’m not sure why people bring this question to me. Based on my somewhat limited experience, I tend to think the answer has something to do with keeping rooms clean, eating fruits and vegetables, minding manners, and not breaking things. When it comes to a child’s education, I think there’s more [...]

ESEA Reauthorization Grinds Forward in Congress

Colorado’s education scene is so interesting—and the federal education scene so ugly—that I rarely feel the need to drag our conversations beyond our state’s borders. Yet sometimes we have to force ourselves to look at what’s going on inside the Beltway, especially when the federal sausage-making process has the potential to touch Colorado in a [...]

Devil’s Advocate: More Colorado Charter Schools Get Fair Funding

Colorado League of Charter Schools president Nora Flood and CompleteColorado.com education reporter Sherrie Peif join guest host Ben DeGrow to discuss recent victories for fair charter school funding in Jefferson County and Thompson School District.

Devil’s Advocate: Choice in Education Spreading Across the Nation

The Friedman Foundation’s Brittany Corona and guest host Ben DeGrow talk all things choice in education — like famed economist Milton Friedman advocated years ago.

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 [...]

Devil’s Advocate: Where Does Colorado Rank for School Choice?

The Independence Institute’s Ross Izard and Ben DeGrow join host Jon Caldara to discuss where Colorado ranks nationally for school choice. Watch for the surprising answer.