Education Policy Center Newsletter September 6, 2012
– Friday TV Alert: Exposing Social Activism in Denver Teacher Evaluations
– AFT Union Loses Battle to Preserve Dougco Power and Privilege
– Watch John Corcoran, The Teacher Who Couldn’t Read
– DeGrow, Farmer Discuss Back-to-School Union Opt-Out Periods
– Eddie Tackles Colorado K-12 Funding Debate
Education Policy Center Newsletter July 31, 2012
– Space Available Thursday for John Corcoran Brown Bag Lunch Event
– Dougco Teachers Union Still Waiting for Governor’s Decision
– DeGrow Comments, Adds Context to School Funding Debates
– Eddie Returns from Vacation, Blogging Strong
Newsletter June 19 2012
– Dougco School Board Nears Key Decision about Teachers Union Power
– Watch Devil’s Advocate Discussion of Digital Learning
– Case for Bold K-12 Funding Reforms Growing Strong
– Eddie Gets on School Choice Roll, Plus a Couple Odds & Ends
Newsletter May 16 2012
Many Colorado secondary students may benefit from greater opportunity to take a number of traditional face-to-face classes and digital courses simultaneously. Students’ ability to “self-blend” courses in this manner is hampered by school district control of per-pupil funding and course options. Following the national Digital Learning Council’s guidelines, Colorado should alter the K-12 education funding system to enable greater student access to effective online course options.
The report highlights the evolution of school choice in American history, from the colonial era to the present. Krista Kafer examines the trends, policies, laws, and court cases that have marked the nation’s progress toward educational freedom.
Newsletter April 10 2012
Nearly 50 Colorado online education leaders (including school district and charter school staff) and policy experts gathered Monday, January 23, 2012, to help craft a roadmap of digital learning policy priorities for the state. Participants worked together to help identify Colorado’s leading digital learning policy priorities in three major categories: Access and Eligibility, Funding, and Assessment and Accountability. Given a list of policy options that included Digital Learning Now’s recommendations, participants selected those they saw as the most important for Colorado to pursue in the near term and to offer additional ideas or suggestions. According to many of the state’s online leaders, the following policy changes would enhance opportunities for Colorado’s children to achieve educational success.
Newsletter March 7 2012
Colorado is one key step closer to distinguishing teachers who effectively help students learn from those who don’t. But we certainly haven’t overcome every obstacle to delivering top-notch instruction.The same effectiveness measures that will be used to evaluate and make tenure-related decisions ought to factor significantly into how principals and instructors are paid. This logical leap forward from rewarding educators based on years of service and academic credentials can be enhanced further by paying more for harder job and school assignments.