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  • Transparency and a Collaborative Mirage: A Tale of Three Colorado School Districts0

    • February 20, 2013

    A clever wag once famously said: “Democracy is two wolves and a sheep deciding what to eat for lunch.” Some other smart-aleck might have reason to make a similar remark about K-12 education: “Collaboration is district leaders and union leaders deciding how to spend taxpayers’ money.” Except that those taxpayers too often are left in […]

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  • Latest Dougco Lawsuit Suggests Little Beyond Need for Presidential Limelight0

    • February 18, 2013

    Since it’s Presidents Day today, it seems somewhat fitting to write about a local teachers union president seeking some limelight with a Friday lawsuit: The Douglas County Federation of Teachers filed two lawsuits Friday, alleging that the Douglas County School District illegally didn’t consider teachers for job openings after being laid off and that it […]

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  • Cadmium in CO: useful and highly toxic0

    • February 15, 2013

    Cadmium 101 By Syndi Nettles Anderson, guest writer for the Independence Institute Energy Policy Center Earlier this week Todd Shepherd of Complete Colorado reported that before thin-filmed cadmium-telluride solar panel manufacturer Abound Solar declared bankruptcy it was the subject of a Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) investigation after an anonymous tip raised

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  • Heartbroken by Choice Bill Defeats, Hoping for Some Scholarship Tax Credit Love0

    • February 15, 2013

    It was heartbreaking to see the death of a couple more Colorado bills that would have expanded choices for parents and opportunities for students. But we would love to see leaders embrace scholarship tax credits, for all the benefits they have been shown to bring in other states. Those benefits Colorado might enjoy include improved achievement, satisfied parents, and tax dollar savings.

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  • A Response to the “Runaway Scenario”0

    • February 15, 2013

    NOTE: This is an updated version of an essay first published in 2013. For a comprehensive treatment of the law of Article V, see State Initiation of Constitutional Amendments: A Guide for Lawyers and Legislative Drafters (4th ed. 2016) and more recent postings on this website. Many lawmakers and activists, and most of the public,

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  • Research Ought to Give Second Thoughts about Government Preschool Programming0

    • February 14, 2013

    It’s been almost two years since I last brought your attention to the overwhelming research findings that the nearly-50-year-old Head Start program has not made a real difference in education outcomes. But a new Wall Street Journal story by Stephanie Banchero points out that some federal officials appear intent on doubling down. In an article […]

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