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EPClogoThe Education Policy Center promotes issues such as school choice, school accountability, and teachers’ rights through its in-house publications, print media, Internet, radio, television, and legislative briefings. Calling for greater involvement of parents in the role of educating children, this Colorado think tank was the first in the state to promote ideas such as educational vouchers, charter schools, educator accountability, and public school report cards.

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  • The undeniable efficacy of charter schools

    The undeniable efficacy of charter schools0

    • October 17, 2017

    Two studies were released this month from universities in California that demonstrate the effectiveness of school choice and the need for more options in education.

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  • Moving toward educational savings accounts in Colorado

    Moving toward educational savings accounts in Colorado0

    • September 27, 2017

    Since 2011, five states have adopted some form of ESA program. The idea is now emerging in Colorado. Put simply, ESAs are designed to give parents the flexibility to “tailor” their children’s education to their specific needs by directly providing them with a certain amount of money that can be spent on a wide variety of education-related goods and services — books, materials and non-public school tuition, to name a few.

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  • How a Colorado school board race has national implications for education and religious liberty

    How a Colorado school board race has national implications for education and religious liberty0

    • July 30, 2017

    A wise man once said that all politics is local. Nowhere is that aphorism better illustrated than Douglas County, Colorado, where education politics and an ongoing constitutional fight over educational choice have converged to create perhaps the most consequential school board election in modern American history. Here, in a largely suburban county thousands of miles removed from the national stage of Washington, D.C., the futures of tens of thousands of students across America may well be decided.

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  • The Challenges of Opening a Charter School: Three Colorado Case Studies

    The Challenges of Opening a Charter School: Three Colorado Case Studies0

    • July 18, 2017

    The steady expansion of charter schools in Colorado has introduced these autonomous public schools to communities across the state. Yet significant misunderstandings about charter schools, their purpose, and the nature of their existence remain. Outside of education policy circles, few are aware of the diversity of charter schools, the wide variety of student populations they

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  • Doom and gloom over proposed education budget is off base, overblown

    Doom and gloom over proposed education budget is off base, overblown0

    • June 28, 2017

    The proposed $9 billion in cuts are largely being taken from small portions of various education programs, not a large portion from any one program. In fact, a billion extra dollars are being put into public charter schools and school choice via Title I. Charter schools are worth investing in, particularly because they tend to outperform their traditional public counterparts.

    The leaner proposed budget matches funding levels in 1997. That may not be a bad thing, as it is unclear whether public education has improved student outcomes as a result of the steady increase in federal funding over the past two decades. Nine billion dollars less sounds like a lot, but if the current system has not benefited from simply increasing the budget, then perhaps the amount of funds isn’t the problem, but rather the way the funds are utilized.

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  • The battle is over, and school choice won

    The battle is over, and school choice won0

    • April 18, 2017

    Choice opponents’ protestations, sweeping statements, and heated rhetoric may serve well as a temporary balm for the fact that their rigid vision of education is rapidly fading into the mists of history, but they ultimately cannot slow the inexorable march of educational progress.

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