Education Policy Center Newsletter August 20, 2015
In this issue
– Back-to-School Week Brings Drama, Politics in Jeffco
– A(nother) Fight for the Future of Colorado Education Reform
– New Paper Shows Colorado Student-Based Budgeting on the Rise
– Institute Celebrates Third Annual Employee Freedom Week
– Educational Choice Marches On

Colorado Teachers Should Know Their Rights to Leave the Union

Busy back-to-school days present the only chance for many teachers to leave the union. But they can’t exercise the right if, like many Colorado workers, they don’t know it exists.

Colorado Student-Based Budgeting on the Rise

Led by Falcon 49, a growing number of Colorado local K-12 agencies have set the pace for student-based budgeting standard to increase transparency, equity, and flexibility in how resources are used. More opportunities lie ahead for these school districts and other adopters to expand and accelerate its benefits.

U.S. History Course Now More Balanced

Accusations of censorship against the Jeffco board and other critics linger. Given recent changes to APUSH, however, perhaps the most appropriate question to ask is who was censoring whom.


Education Policy Center Newsletter July 7, 2015
In this issue
– Center Shares Dougco Choice Ruling’s Silver Lining
– Izard Provides Inspiring Arrupe Jesuit Profile
– Colorado Lags Growing National Choice Momentum
– Jeffco, Thompson Boards Press Forward in Reform Battles
– Eddie Takes On Charter, Other Reform Issues

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 [...]

Building Hope: A Profile of Arrupe Jesuit High School

Education policy analyst Ross Izard profiles west Denver’s Arrupe Jesuit High School, a successful program serving low-income, minority students with its signature Corporate Work Study Program and a deep-rooted culture of justice, giving, and compassion.

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 […]


Education Policy Center Newsletter May 12, 2015
In this issue
– Legislature Crosses the 2015 Finish Line
– No Love Lost in Loveland Union Negotiations
– Independence Institute Stands up to Jeffco Bullies
– Ed Center Keeps Eye on School Choice Ball
– Little Eddie Stays Busy

Education Goal Should Be Less Testing, Better Accountability

This legislative session’s monumental education debate has Colorado policymakers walking a dangerous tightrope. To benefit today’s K-12 students, they must promote wise policy that does not lean too far in either direction.