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  • Douglas County School Board Enacts Pilot Voucher Program0

    • March 17, 2011

    On March 15, 2011, the Douglas County Board of Education made history by voting 7-0 to enact a local pilot “choice scholarship” program. The Education Policy Center’s Pam Benigno and Ben DeGrow, who both served on Douglas County’s School Choice Task Force, discuss the significance of Colorado’s third-largest school district approving vouchers, as well as key program details concerning student eligibility, private school requirements, and funding.

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  • Devils Advocate: Local School Vouchers in Colorado?0

    • November 19, 2010

    So what’s the big deal about the proposed school voucher plan in Douglas County? Tune in to Devil’s Advocate to find out as host Jon Caldara is joined by Douglas County School District Board of Education President John Carson and Independence Institute Education Policy Analyst Ben DeGrow for a discussion of how a voucher system

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  • Colorado Loses Race to the Top: Now What?0

    • September 1, 2010

    Randy DeHoff from the State Board of Education recaps how Colorado fell short in the Race to the Top federal grant competition, and discusses the aftermath for the state’s teacher tenure and evaluation reform (SB 191), Common Core academic standards and more.

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  • AG Suthers Provides Update on School Funding Court Case0

    • June 24, 2010

    Colorado Attorney General John Suthers gives an update on the defense in Lobato v State – a case being funded by taxpayers on both sides to argue whether the courts should make taxpayers provide more funding for K-12 education. Last fall the state supreme court ruled 4-3 that judges have the power to change school funding policies. Seeking to demonstrate that Colorado schools are reasonably and adequately funded, the AG’s office is collecting extensive financial records from every school district in the state.

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  • What Is Colorado Bright Beginnings?0

    • June 16, 2010

    A parent’s role in a child’s education starts from birth. Colorado Bright Beginnings empowers parents with the guidance, knowledge and tools to create a bright beginning for their children. Listen to the Education Policy Center’s Raaki Garcia-Ulam interview Maria Soto from Metro Denver’s Bright Beginnings, and learn about the support they provide to families.

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  • Devil's Advocate: Race to the Top and National Standards0

    • June 8, 2010

    Watch this 3-part YouTube replay of the June 4 Devil’s Advocate with host Jon Caldara, featuring a debate between state senator Michael Johnston and State Board of Education member Peggy Littleton about whether Colorado should adopt the Common Core Standards.

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