Comments from senior education policy analyst were featured in the new edition of the nationally-syndicated Choice Media Ed Reform Minute. The story covers Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s recent signing of Senate Bill 213, the “Future School Finance Act” measure tied directly to a statewide billion-dollar tax increase proposal:
In the era of the school choice zeitgeist, and the rethinking of incentives in this space, many have become fairly skeptical of the old throw money at the problem approach to better public schools. Ben DeGrow, a Senior Education Policy Analyst at The Independence Institute, said the bill was nothing more than a billion-dollar boondoggle that’s light on reform without doing much to improve the current system.
Check out the article to read (or listen to) DeGrow’s full comments. For further explanation and insight into the “billion-dollar boondoggle,” watch his appearance alongside Jon Caldara on a recent Devil’s Advocate episode or read his comments quoted by Denver Post columnist Vincent Carroll.
Education Policy Center blogging prodigy Eddie earlier unpacked the lack of real reform in SB 213, while a pair of radio interviews DeGrow conducted with state legislators (here and here) further covers the issues tied to a tax initiative soon to face Colorado voters.