Education Policy Center Newsletter November 13, 2013
– Center Spreads the Word, Amendment 66 Goes Down
– Scholarship Tax Credits Offer Way Forward
– Union-Favored School Board Candidates Falter
– CEA Political Refund Deadline Approaches
– Raaki Covers 66, Eddie Peeks Around
Education Policy Center Newsletter October 3, 2013
– Report Highlights Transformational Dougco Model
– Join Us Friday for “Defending Educational Civil Rights”
– Unions Fund Amendment 66 while Threatening Reform
– K-12 Tax Credit Coalition Begins to Take Root
– Prosperity, Health, and Humor: Podcast and Blog Roundup
Effecting successful suburban school reform poses an authentic challenge. Many students do well compared to their peers in neighboring districts, but overall test scores conceal shortcomings. The U.S. spends more per person on education than any other country, yet even middle-class students academically lag their peers in other countries. The fast-growing Douglas County School District (DCSD) south of Denver, Colorado, has attempted a different approach to aim higher.
Many Coloradans share a strong commitment to improving students’ educational opportunities and outcomes. However, Amendment 66 offers little hope of getting us there.
Education Policy Center Newsletter August 28, 2013
– As Debate Grows, New Report Breaks Down Amendment 66
– DeGrow Looks at State of Reform in Dougco, Greeley, and Beyond
– Benigno Begins to Educate Colorado about Tax Credits
– Kafer’s Blended Learning Report Attracting Interest
– Reform Issues Hit Raaki Garcia Show, Little Eddie’s Blog
Amendment 66 on the November 2013 Colorado ballot proposes a nearly $1 billion statewide income tax increase to pay for a new school finance formula and other education funding priorities. A majority vote at the polls would activate the policy changes in Senate Bill 213, approved by the legislature’s Democratic majority and Gov. John Hickenlooper. The policy package tied to approval of the tax increase proposal raises four primary concerns.
As Douglas County leaders continue charting the nation’s boldest course for local education innovation, political foes have taken the fight to a different front. Charges against the reform-minded school board fail in the light of truth but have the chance to catch on with many voters.
Yielding unacceptable results for a challenging population of nearly 20,000 enrolled students while receiving nearly $9,000 per student, leaders in Greeley Public Schools face a timely opportunity to transform the district’s educational approach, to successfully reimagine learning and the surrounding systems and infrastructure.
Education Policy Center Newsletter July 18, 2013
– TV Alert: Benigno Tackles Tuition Tax Credits
– TV Alert (Cont.): Kafer Touts New Blended Learning Report
– Center Exposes 49th in Education Funding Fallacy… Again
– Read, Watch, or Listen to Learn Colo. Charter School History
– Center Spreads Word for Employee Freedom Week
– Easy as 1-2-3: Eddie Debunks Anti-Dougco Myths
Online tools combined with face-to-face instruction create what is known as blended learning. Effective integration of technology can allow more efficient use of instructional time and save schools money. Colorado is well positioned to implement and test blended learning programs on a larger scale. Charter and district public schools have begun to implement blended learning models and have seen promising results.