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  • Off the Beaten Trail: A Profile of Two Rural Colorado Private Schools

    Off the Beaten Trail: A Profile of Two Rural Colorado Private Schools0

    • January 16, 2018

    In “Off the Beaten Trail,” Senior Fellow in Education Policy Ross Izard ventures out to the western side of Colorado to visit two rural private schools for his next profile.

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  • 2017 School Board Candidate Briefing Materials

    2017 School Board Candidate Briefing Materials0

    • October 23, 2017

    The Education Policy Center has received numerous requests for the information it provided to school board candidates across Colorado this year. One of the Center’s primary goals is to educate local education leaders about important education policy issues, thereby equipping them to make smart, well-informed decisions in their school districts. As part of that effort,

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  • Altering Courses: A Profile of Crossroads School

    Altering Courses: A Profile of Crossroads School0

    • June 23, 2016

    In “Altering Courses,” Senior Education Policy Analyst Ross Izard describes his time at Crossroads School in Longmont, Colorado. Described lovingly as the “island of misfit toys where everybody fits,” Crossroads is a private, faith-based alternative school for at-risk middle and high school students. Started in 2010 with the specific goal of serving children whose needs

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  • Union Complaints Obscure Need for Fair, Level Playing Field0

    • August 6, 2015

    Denver and Jeffco union leaders complain about new requirements to communicate with employees on the same terms as other groups. But shouldn’t teachers be given options on a level playing field?

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  • Thompson and Jeffco Stand up for Fair Charter Funding0

    • June 19, 2015

    Many school districts do not share the additional dollars they get from voter-approved property tax increases with charter schools. Traditional public schools often have access to a good deal more money than charters. But two Colorado districts recently passed budgets that reflect more equitable funding for charter school students. Jefferson County completed its journey toward equalization, and Thompson took the first step. Reform majorities on both school boards drove the move toward funding equalization. Other districts take note: This is how you do it.

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  • Exciting Stuff: Jeffco’s Jefferson Area Plan Moves Closer to a Vote0

    • February 26, 2015

    Some positive efforts for change are underway in the Jefferson Articulation Area, one of Jeffco’s most challenging regions. An important improvement plan faces a March 5 board vote. The plan is the culmination of a huge process that pulled together district officials, school leaders, community members, and parents. Education collaboration is a beautiful thing. Let’s hope it leads to better results for students!

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