Publications

The Truth About Class Size Reduction: Problems, Examples, and Alternatives

Throughout the United States, class size reduction (CSR) is heralded as an effective way to improve academic outcomes. However, the research surrounding the effects of CSR is inconclusive at best. It is often difficult to determine the reliability of the studies conducted on the topic, and much of the research wavers between small, temporary academic gains in certain student groups and no gains at all.

03/25/14

Education Policy Center Newsletter March 25, 2014
In this issue
– DeGrow to Serve on New Online Education Task Force
– Families Join School Choice Week Celebration
– Center Responds to Union’s Anti-Reform Lawsuit
– Financial Issues Top Education’s Legislative Agenda
– Douglas County Report Sent Statewide
– Vigilant Eddie Blogs as 2014 Gets Underway

School Boards Push Teacher Accountability

Union leaders are actively challenging school principals’ newfound authority to keep the worst teachers out of their classrooms. The state legislative majority has shrunk from the chance to reward the best teachers. But some local school boards have begun to take the reins of reform.
Research shows teachers who get the most out of students can [...]

02/04/14

Education Policy Center Newsletter February 4, 2014
In this issue
– DeGrow to Serve on New Online Education Task Force
– Families Join School Choice Week Celebration
– Center Responds to Union’s Anti-Reform Lawsuit
– Financial Issues Top Education’s Legislative Agenda
– Douglas County Report Sent Statewide
– Vigilant Eddie Blogs as 2014 Gets Underway

Education Spending Transparency Doesn’t Require Massive Tax Hike

Colorado potentially faces a wasted opportunity in undertaking a push for greater school financial transparency. If state leaders talk up transparency as a new project and in vague terms, then they may miss the benefit of lessons already learned and fail to create a genuinely useful online tool.
Part of Amendment 66’s billion-dollar promise was the [...]

12/13/13

Education Policy Center Newsletter December 13, 2013
– Two Days Left to Request Union Political Refund
– Scholarship Tax Credits Key Part of Reform
– Reform-Minded School Boards on the Rise
– Open Enrollment Season Heads into Full Swing
– Eddie Rounds Up School Reform for 2013

11/13/13

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

10/03/13

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

Douglas County: Building a Better Education Model

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.

Tax Hike Won’t Deliver on its Promise

Many Coloradans share a strong commitment to improving students’ educational opportunities and outcomes. However, Amendment 66 offers little hope of getting us there.