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  • Analyst Shares Insights, Lessons from Lobato School Funding Case0

    • February 6, 2015

    In a School Reform News story about Kansas’ school funding battle in the courts, senior policy analyst Ben DeGrow shared his thoughts on a similar case in Colorado, Lobato, that resulted in a Supreme Court loss for those trying to get additional funding: Had the courts imposed such a mandate, it would have required a

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  • DeGrow Chimes In on Accountability Clock for School Reform News0

    • January 5, 2015

    A recent School Reform News article by Heather Kays on the potential state takeover of 30 schools based on a first-time Colorado accountability deadline featured remarks from the Education Policy Center: “As Colorado’s perennially weakest schools approach their day of reckoning, there are few quick fixes and no one-size-fits-all solutions,” said Ben DeGrow, senior education

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  • CO Independent Cites DeGrow on Dougco Choice in Supreme Court0

    • December 12, 2014

    A December 12 Colorado Independent story by Lisa Greim on the Douglas County Choice Scholarship Program’s hearing before the Colorado Supreme Court included a comment from senior education policy analyst Ben DeGrow about what a favorable ruling might mean: “There’s a wait-and-see attitude” among districts, DeGrow said. A Supreme Court ruling favorable to school-choice proponents

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  • Izard, DeGrow Point Out Union Role in Jeffco Protests0

    • October 3, 2014

    The teacher sickouts and student walkouts in Jefferson County have drawn national headlines, but the true reasons behind the action have not received as much play. A national Reuters story explaining the Jeffco school board’s October 2 vote to create a more inclusive and transparent curriculum review process features insights into the manufactured controversy provided

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  • Chieftain Highlights Institute’s Billboard Message to Pueblo Teachers0

    • August 14, 2014

    The Pueblo Chieftain features coverage of a special Independence Institute billboard message notifying local teachers of their limited opportunity to avoid paying union membership or non-member “representation” fees.

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  • Jeffco Superintendent Choice Elicits Comments to Denver Post0

    • May 27, 2014

    Education Policy Center staff provided input for a Denver Post story about the Jefferson County school board’s looming decision regarding the finalist for the superintendent position, reported today by John Aguilar: Ben DeGrow, education policy analyst with the Independence Institute, said McMinimee has deep roots in Jefferson County. He grew up in Arvada and Littleton

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