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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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  • Colorado’s Public School Open Enrollment Policies: Not Very Open0

    • October 2, 2000

    The Colorado Public Schools of Choice Act provides for intra-district and inter-district student enrollment. Many school districts, through school board policy, are discouraging parents from exercising their right of public school choice. Clarifying the statute to protect parents from restrictive regulations is needed.

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  • Supreme Court Tells Colorado's Children "No"0

    • July 26, 2000

    While the original philosophy behind bilingual education may have been well intentioned, the current status quo for educating Spanish-speaking students is failure. Traditional bilingual education has not quickly developed English proficiency among Spanish-speaking students as promised, but has kept them locked in a system that will inevitably lead to continued second class citizenry. Linda Chavez, Tom Tancredo and the supporters of English for the Children made an attempt this year at ending this sad state of affairs, but to no avail.

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  • Senate Bill 186: School Report Cards Doing It Right0

    • February 29, 2000

    Senate Bill 186 mandates state report cards for the public schools. Each school will be given a letter grade for academic achievement and a letter grade for school safety. Other information such as teacher qualifications and use of taxpayer funds will be included on the report card. Synopsis: To grade schools on safety when it is difficult to ensure fair measurement, may do more harm than good. Grading schools student academic performance is a positive step towards greater accountability, resulting in higher levels of student achievement. Unfortunately, SB 186 requires some fine-tuning because it requires grading the schools on a curve rather than assigning the grade based on the percentage of students who have met the state standards.

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  • Five Ways to Improve Teacher Education, Without Spending More Money0

    • February 15, 2000

    A variety of solutions, including, but not limited to, reducing class size, requiring merit pay for teachers, increasing professional requirements, changing the calendar to accommodate year-round schools, and a host of other changes have been advocated as avenues to improving the performance of public school pupils. Even the undergraduate curriculum for teacher-education students has been modified in the hope that improved public school teaching would result in increased achievement of public school pupils. One possible solution that has not received much attention, however, is the re-examination and revision of policies in teacher-education programs.

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  • House Bill 1127: Ending the Use of Student Fees to Collect Money for Activist Organizations0

    • February 2, 2000

    Synopsis: Forcing a person, including a college student, to pay for speech which she does not support is contrary to First Amendment values.

    What the bill does: H.B. 1127 would make it illegal for state colleges and universities to impose optional or mandatory student fees that collect money for organizations whose primary purpose is to engage in political or issue advocacy.

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  • Guaranteed College Admissions for Students, Regardless of their Ability to Do the Work0

    • February 2, 2000

    Synopsis: Senate Bill 59 imposes admissions quotas which would force state colleges to accept students who are not ready for the level of work required at the college.

    What the Bill Does: The “Automatic Admission Act of 2000” mandates that Colorado State University, the University of Northern Colorado, and the four undergraduate campuses of the University of Colorado (Boulder, Denver, Colorado Springs, and the Health Science Centers School of Nursing) admit as undergraduate students all graduates of public high schools in Colorado whose grade point average ranks them within the top twenty percent of grade pointaverages earned by persons in their graduating class.

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