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  • Colorado's Homeschool Law Turns Twenty: The Battle Should Never Be Forgotten0

    • December 31, 2008

    As explained by author Marya DeGrow, conflict between some Colorado public school districts and parents led to the adoption of a 1988 legislative bill that established guidelines for home education.

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  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Will President Obama's School Reform Bring the Change Kids Need?0

    • December 19, 2008

    Barack Obama aspires to be an education president, but what kind of education president will he be? As a candidate, Obama has taken conflicting positions. Both the anti-reform National Education Association and the reformist Democrats for Education Reform claim him as their own. An analysis of candidate Obama’s education platform reveals elements of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

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  • Deferred Retirement Compensation for Career K-12 Employees: Understanding the Need for Reform0

    • December 18, 2008

    To improve understanding of public K-12 retirement compensation, this Issue Paper provides historical estimates using a substantial sample of retiree characteristics and salary histories. Deferred retirement compensation from a hybrid defined benefit plan is defined as the difference between an employee’s estimated retirement account balance and the greater pension value she expects to receive. When accounting for K-12 employee compensation, large amounts of deferred compensation should be included. For the 846 Denver Public Schools retirees in the sample, average lump sum deferred compensation is $627,570.

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  • Douglas County's Home-Grown Teachers: The Learning Center Waiver Program0

    • August 25, 2008

    Seeking a creative solution to shortages in various teaching positions, Douglas County School District received a waiver from the state of Colorado to license and train its own teachers through the Learning Center. The district currently is able to license teachers in areas such as math, science, and world languages; to provide special education endorsements to teachers in other specialties; and to equip unlicensed professionals with the basic skills to teach more highly specialized courses to high schoolers. The waiver is scheduled to be renewed at the end of 2008, contingent on Douglas County meeting certain performance goals.

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  • A Shaky Foundation, A Potential Threat: Analyzing Colorado State Union “Employee Partnerships”0

    • April 4, 2008

    Colorado Governor Bill Ritter’s November 2007 executive order that introduced union representation to state government through employee “partnership agreements” is misguided. The contradictions, omissions, and other fallacies promoted by defenders of the order show that the change really was not necessary. By issuing the unilateral order, the Governor prevented a full public debate, which would have addressed important flaws regarding the order:

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  • Bad Choices bring Bad Times: Analyzing the NCEE's 2006 Report0

    • November 1, 2007

    This paper discusses the National Center on Education and the Economy’s (NCEE) report Tough Choices or Tough Times and its vision for changing our education system. The paper examines many aspects of the proposed redesign to question how likely the NCEE is to meet its objectives. The paper also questions the objectives of the NCEE’s proposed model and its underlying educational philosophy. Akin to the German educational model, the Commission’s proposal begins with the belief that government is better equipped to develop an educational system from the top down than are teachers, parents, and other professionals working from the bottom up.

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