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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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  • No Child Left Behind Mandates School Choice: Colorado’s First Year0

    • June 3, 2003

    The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) created a mandate that poorly-performing schools (placed on a “School Improvement” list and receiving federal dollars for low-income students) are required to notify parents of specific information outlined in federal law, including the parents’ option to transfer their children to a higher-performing school.

  • Global Warming and Little Green Monsters0

    • April 25, 2003

    Its April, and fools are out in force. The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, a bellwether for the latest fashion trends in morally smug investing, reports that gadfly shareholder resolutions on global warming showed the most growth in the environmental activism category. Judging from the ICCR report, the social responsibility set thinks that other shareholders

  • The Educational Minutemen Advance0

    • January 21, 2003

    America’s education revolution is under way. The bureaucratic redcoats are beginning to tremble at their imminent loss of tyrannical power. The swelling ranks of the movement’s minutemen – parents, grandparents, concerned citizens and legislators – fighting for the best interests of this nation’s upcoming generations have already begun winning crucial battles.

  • Getting the wheels on correctly0

    • December 23, 2002

    Bruce Randolph Middle School in Denver seemed to have everything: A brand new campus, the latest technology, and teachers who came from all over the country. But the school had one problem: Principal Sophia Masewicz couldn’t control the students. According to Denver Public Schools superintendent Jerry Wartgow, “the school got off to a rocky start when administrators failed to set clear expectations for attendance, behavior, student records and other basics of school life.” If you want to find a common problem at so many schools where students are failing to learn, don’t count the number of computers. Look for a strong principal who sets clear standards.

  • Educational Vouchers and Tax Credits: A State-by-State Summary of Current Programs0

    • December 18, 2002

    As the Colorado legislature seeks to improve education for all students in the state through vouchers or tax credits, Colorado can learn lessons from its sister states about the various forms such legislation can take—and in the process find a plan that works best for this state.

    This paper defines what is meant by vouchers and tax credits and gives a broad overview of such programs where they are currently administered.

  • Heath Wins Dry Creek Elementary School Space Aliens Award0

    • October 30, 2002

    This years Dry Creek Elementary School Space Aliens award for the campaign comment exhibiting the most skewed version of reality goes to gubernatorial candidate Rollie Health for asserting that tax cuts during economic downturns are bad because they leave state government vulnerable when the economy sours.[1] Officials at Dry Creek, you may remember, were so