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  • 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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  • Moving toward educational savings accounts in Colorado

    Moving toward educational savings accounts in Colorado0

    • September 27, 2017

    Since 2011, five states have adopted some form of ESA program. The idea is now emerging in Colorado. Put simply, ESAs are designed to give parents the flexibility to “tailor” their children’s education to their specific needs by directly providing them with a certain amount of money that can be spent on a wide variety of education-related goods and services — books, materials and non-public school tuition, to name a few.

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  • How a Colorado school board race has national implications for education and religious liberty

    How a Colorado school board race has national implications for education and religious liberty0

    • July 30, 2017

    A wise man once said that all politics is local. Nowhere is that aphorism better illustrated than Douglas County, Colorado, where education politics and an ongoing constitutional fight over educational choice have converged to create perhaps the most consequential school board election in modern American history. Here, in a largely suburban county thousands of miles removed from the national stage of Washington, D.C., the futures of tens of thousands of students across America may well be decided.

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  • The Challenges of Opening a Charter School: Three Colorado Case Studies

    The Challenges of Opening a Charter School: Three Colorado Case Studies0

    • July 18, 2017

    The steady expansion of charter schools in Colorado has introduced these autonomous public schools to communities across the state. Yet significant misunderstandings about charter schools, their purpose, and the nature of their existence remain. Outside of education policy circles, few are aware of the diversity of charter schools, the wide variety of student populations they

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  • The battle is over, and school choice won

    The battle is over, and school choice won0

    • April 18, 2017

    Choice opponents’ protestations, sweeping statements, and heated rhetoric may serve well as a temporary balm for the fact that their rigid vision of education is rapidly fading into the mists of history, but they ultimately cannot slow the inexorable march of educational progress.

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  • Blaine’s Shadow: Politics, Discrimination, and School Choice

    Blaine’s Shadow: Politics, Discrimination, and School Choice0

    • March 29, 2017

    More than three dozen states have some type of Blaine clause in their state constitutions. These problematic clauses prohibit government aid to “sectarian” institutions. Though this language has been euphemized to stand for the “separation of church and state,” such an outlook misinterprets the religious protections outlined in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution

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