Vouchers & Tax Credits

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.

Freedom Minute: The Dougco Voucher Program Decision

Senior education policy analyst Ben DeGrow explains the silver lining to the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling against the Douglas County school choice program.

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.

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 […]

A Scholarship Tax Credit Program for Colorado

Scholarship tax credits increase the opportunity for K-12 students to access non-public educational options. Such a tax code modification increases the incentive for persons and businesses to contribute funds to qualified non-profit scholarship granting organizations. In turn, the organizations use most of the incoming funds to assist low- and middle-income families with private school tuition expenses. Colorado policymakers should give careful consideration to providing many of the state’s families an important benefit through the adoption of scholarship tax credits.

DeGrow Chimes In on Accountability Clock for School Reform News

A recent School Reform News article by Heather Kays on the potential state takeover of 30 schools based on a first-time Colorado accountability deadline featured remarks from the Education Policy Center: “As Colorado’s perennially weakest schools approach their day of reckoning, there are few quick fixes and no one-size-fits-all solutions,” said Ben DeGrow, senior education […]

Devil’s Advocate: The Power of K-12 Scholarships to Change Lives

Tune in to Devil’s Advocate with host Jon Caldara as he and Independence Institute Education Policy Center director Pam Benigno speak with Jamilla Dennis, a college student at Howard University whose life was forever changed by a scholarship from the Colorado-based Challenge Foundation. Jamilla offers a first-hand account of the powerful effect K-12 tuition scholarships can have on students’ […]

Amy Oliver Show: Dougco Community Rallies Around School Choice

Great Choice Douglas County president Charcie Russell and local retired teacher Debbie Cohen talk about why they support the Douglas County School District’s Choice Scholarship Program.

CO Independent Cites DeGrow on Dougco Choice in Supreme Court

A December 12 Colorado Independent story by Lisa Greim on the Douglas County Choice Scholarship Program’s hearing before the Colorado Supreme Court included a comment from senior education policy analyst Ben DeGrow about what a favorable ruling might mean: “There’s a wait-and-see attitude” among districts, DeGrow said. A Supreme Court ruling favorable to school-choice proponents […]

Amy Oliver Show: Scholarship Tax Credits Win in Courts

The Cato Institute’s Jason Bedrick celebrates a New Hampshire court victory for scholarship tax credits, while observing the strategy of school choice opponents to continue with a series of lawsuits against Florida’s highly successful scholarship tax credit program.