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  • New Membership Director Keeps PACE on Track0

    • June 13, 2011

    The Professional Association of Colorado Educators (PACE), a fast-growing non-union membership option for teachers, has welcomed aboard a new membership director. Florida Teach for America alumnus Tim Farmer explains his educational background, along with his new organization’s vision and goals.

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  • Putting the Brakes on National Curriculum, Testing0

    • June 6, 2011

    Hoover Institution research fellow and former Assistant Secretary of Education Bill Evers discusses an organized effort he is helping to lead to put a stop to national curriculum and national tests for America’s public K-12 schools. He explains the dangers in the current Common Core standards process and how concerned citizens can join the cause by signing an online manifesto.

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  • The Call to Customize Schooling0

    • April 18, 2011

    Rick Hess, director of educational policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute and co-editor of the new book Customized Schooling, explains why reformers need to move beyond “school choice” and other whole-school solutions to address challenges facing public education.

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  • Jeffco Expands Student Online Learning Opportunities0

    • April 6, 2011

    Judy Bauernschmidt, director of student online learning for Jefferson County Public Schools, discusses the various programs offered by Colorado’s largest school district to expand access to online education. Jeffco students can take anywhere from one to all of their courses online, while more teachers are becoming equipped to provide classes in a hybrid or blended learning format that helps to meet student needs and save the district money by allocating taxpayer funds more effectively.

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  • National K-12 Online Teacher of the Year0

    • March 28, 2011

    National K-12 Online Teacher of the Year Kristin Kipp joins Pam Benigno in a discussion about her experience as an online teacher. Kristin is a teacher at the 21st Century Virtual Academy, an online school in Jefferson County. She shares her experience as an English online teacher and expresses the importance of well-trained teachers for student learning in online educational programs.

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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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