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EPClogoThe Education Policy Center promotes issues such as school choice, school accountability, and teachers’ rights through its in-house publications, print media, Internet, radio, television, and legislative briefings. Calling for greater involvement of parents in the role of educating children, this Colorado think tank was the first in the state to promote ideas such as educational vouchers, charter schools, educator accountability, and public school report cards.

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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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  • Doom and gloom over proposed education budget is off base, overblown

    Doom and gloom over proposed education budget is off base, overblown0

    • June 28, 2017

    The proposed $9 billion in cuts are largely being taken from small portions of various education programs, not a large portion from any one program. In fact, a billion extra dollars are being put into public charter schools and school choice via Title I. Charter schools are worth investing in, particularly because they tend to outperform their traditional public counterparts.

    The leaner proposed budget matches funding levels in 1997. That may not be a bad thing, as it is unclear whether public education has improved student outcomes as a result of the steady increase in federal funding over the past two decades. Nine billion dollars less sounds like a lot, but if the current system has not benefited from simply increasing the budget, then perhaps the amount of funds isn’t the problem, but rather the way the funds are utilized.

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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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  • State needs to remove barriers to hiring teachers in rural Colorado

    State needs to remove barriers to hiring teachers in rural Colorado0

    • April 12, 2017

    Colorado’s many rural school districts are made to follow the same licensure rules as their urban counterparts, even though the challenges facing these districts vary greatly. Licensure restrictions make it harder for rural districts to meet the needs of their students by forcing school and district leaders to stretch staff members too thin or leave positions unfilled.

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  • Free speech, diversity of through vital to the college experience

    Free speech, diversity of through vital to the college experience0

    • April 5, 2017

    Recent events on college campuses nationwide make it clear student’s rights to free speech are in jeopardy. Campus leaders have allowed and promoted a type of Orwellian suppression of free expression that punishes deviation from specific lines of thought. Though state legislatures have made efforts to address these problems, far more needs to be done to treat the underlying disease rather than the symptoms.

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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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