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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

  • A+ Colorado Releases New Brief about DPS Unified Enrollment
    A+ Colorado Releases New Brief about DPS Unified Enrollment0
    • April 17, 2019

    Colorado has been a national leader in terms of accessible school choice. The brief by A+ Colorado, School Choice with Unified Enrollment, examines both the opportunities and challenges school choice has offered families in Denver. The district moved to a unified choice enrollment platform in 2012. Before the launch of the unified enrollment platform, SchoolChoice,

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News

  • 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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Other Publications

  • Paradox Valley Charter School: Twenty Years On, Choice Survives
    Paradox Valley Charter School: Twenty Years On, Choice Survives0
    • February 20, 2019

    Colorado rural charter schools make up approximately 14% of all charter schools statewide. The challenges rural school districts face are frequent topics of discussion in education policy circles, such as: funding, facilities, and a shortage of teachers. Rural charter schools often face the same challenges as their authorizing public school district. These charter schools also

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