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Issue Papers

  • How Federal Programs Support Private K-12 Students and Teachers
    How Federal Programs Support Private K-12 Students and Teachers0
    • March 14, 2019

    Despite the widely held misconception that private schools are barred from all forms of taxpayer-funded support, the federal government has long recognized the need to support nonpublic school students and staff nationwide. Federal law requires that these schools have access to a number of federally funded “equitable services” through their local school districts. There are

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Issue Backgrounders

  • The State of K-12 Union Contract Transparency
    The State of K-12 Union Contract Transparency0
    • February 26, 2015

    More than a decade before Proposition 104 shone a light on the negotiation process, the General Assembly required that the negotiation product should be made available using online technology. Lacking any sort of enforcement mechanism, a significant minority of bargaining school districts have fallen short of the basic expectation, though persistent reminders helped in many cases. Given the experience with union contract transparency, citizens should not take for granted full compliance with the letter and spirit of the new open negotiations law.

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Opinion

Blog Posts

  • U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of School Choice!
    U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of School Choice!0
    • June 30, 2020

    Today, in a long-awaited ruling on state Blaine Amendments, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of three Montana mothers who wished to enroll their children in religious schools with the assistance of a scholarship. The ruling was a blow to opponents of school choice but created a day of celebration for the organizations and

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Other Publications

  • Power Technical: Preparing Educated and Ethical Leaders in the Trades
    Power Technical: Preparing Educated and Ethical Leaders in the Trades0
    • January 27, 2020

    Power Technical (PTEC) is a career and technical education-focused public charter school in the James Irwin Charter Schools network. Authorized by Falcon District 49, the school serves students from across the Colorado Springs area who choose to pursue an education built around preparation for careers in skilled trades.

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