Publications

08/14/14

Education Policy Center Newsletter August 14, 2014
In this issue
– Friday TV Alert: What’s New in Colorado Blended Learning?
– Center Conquers New Territory with Dougco Amicus Brief
– Employee Freedom Message Comes to Pueblo
– Choice and Charters Backed by Strong Opinions, Research
– Eddie Rounds Up Summer

Colorado Charter Schools Serving Students and Families Well

More Colorado families are choosing their children’s educational path than ever before. As of last year, charter schools were serving 11 percent of Colorado’s K-12 public school students. That’s more than 96,000 charter students attending more than 210 charter schools.

School District Partnerships Help Colorado K-12 Blended Learning Take Flight

This paper focuses on system-wide blended learning efforts in three Front Range school districts and a group of rural districts in the San Luis Valley. The report also provides a list of state and national resources for schools and districts looking to implement blended learning techniques on a limited or system-wide basis and questions to consider prior to starting. Blended learning implementation in Falcon School District 49, Greeley-Evans School District 6, St. Vrain Valley School District, and in the San Luis Valley varies from the degree of centralization to the use of partner organizations to how districts are building on existing resources.

Union Flailing against Improved Student Outcomes, Empowered Teachers

The thousands of delegates who gathered in Denver last week for National Education Association’s annual Representative Assembly felt more than just the summer heat. A continuing loss of members and some major rebukes from the courts has kept on the pressure. Still, the nation’s largest teachers union refuses to change its tune. Rather than police the profession and respect individual teacher rights, the politically powerful NEA is trying to change the subject.

07/03/14

Education Policy Center Newsletter July 3, 2014
In this issue
– Colorado, California Tenure Rulings Take Center Stage
– DeGrow Challenges Jeffco Anti-Reform Crowd
– New Reports Strengthen Case for Scholarship Tax Credits
– State-Level Reforms Stay on Radar for 2015
– Center Welcomes Ross Izard, Celebrates Independence Day

05/15/14

Education Policy Center Newsletter May 15, 2014
In this issue
– HB 1382 Marks Small Step Forward for Online Innovation
– Jeffco Front and Center in Fight for Local Reform
– DeGrow Praises Progress on Charter Funding
– National News: Kansas Joins Scholarship Tax Credit Ranks
– Roundup: Class-Size Reduction Examined and More…

Let’s Stop Shortchanging Colorado’s Charter Schools

Parents who choose a charter school are learning their children most likely are being shortchanged. While recent moves in Colorado would make progress toward evening up funds for charters, the quest for equity still has a long way to go.

A Step Backward on School Transparency

The Denver Post’s editorial concluded that the adoption of House Bill 1292 would make Colorado “a national leader in transparency” for public education. It got the story mostly right.

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