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  • Performance Pay Pioneers: Harrison’s “Effectiveness and Results” Raises the Bar

    Performance Pay Pioneers: Harrison’s “Effectiveness and Results” Raises the Bar0

    • February 4, 2015

    IP-1-2015 (January 2015)

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  • A Scholarship Tax Credit Program for Colorado

    A Scholarship Tax Credit Program for Colorado0

    • January 5, 2015

    Scholarship tax credits increase the opportunity for K-12 students to access non-public educational options. Such a tax code modification increases the incentive for persons and businesses to contribute funds to qualified non-profit scholarship granting organizations. In turn, the organizations use most of the incoming funds to assist low- and middle-income families with private school tuition expenses. Colorado policymakers should give careful consideration to providing many of the state’s families an important benefit through the adoption of scholarship tax credits.

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  • School District Partnerships Help Colorado K-12 Blended Learning Take Flight0

    • July 16, 2014

    This paper focuses on system-wide blended learning efforts in three Front Range school districts and a group of rural districts in the San Luis Valley. The report also provides a list of state and national resources for schools and districts looking to implement blended learning techniques on a limited or system-wide basis and questions to consider prior to starting. Blended learning implementation in Falcon School District 49, Greeley-Evans School District 6, St. Vrain Valley School District, and in the San Luis Valley varies from the degree of centralization to the use of partner organizations to how districts are building on existing resources.

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  • Douglas County: Building a Better Education Model0

    • September 30, 2013

    Effecting successful suburban school reform poses an authentic challenge. Many students do well compared to their peers in neighboring districts, but overall test scores conceal shortcomings. The U.S. spends more per person on education than any other country, yet even middle-class students academically lag their peers in other countries. The fast-growing Douglas County School District (DCSD) south of Denver, Colorado, has attempted a different approach to aim higher.

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  • The Rise of K-12 Blended Learning in Colorado0

    • July 17, 2013

    Online tools combined with face-to-face instruction create what is known as blended learning. Effective integration of technology can allow more efficient use of instructional time and save schools money. Colorado is well positioned to implement and test blended learning programs on a larger scale. Charter and district public schools have begun to implement blended learning models and have seen promising results.

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  • On the Road of Innovation: Colorado’s Charter School Law Turns 200

    • June 2, 2013

    In 1993 Colorado became the third state to adopt charter school legislation. Born out of frustration with lackluster school performance and limited options, the Charter Schools Act resulted from the hard work and dedication of many parents, educators, and political leaders. Careful and colorful recollections from many active, influential figures combine with other original sources to highlight the foundation and origins of the Act.

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