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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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  • How Union Contracts Block School Reform: A Denver Case Study0

    • February 26, 1990

    Teacher contracts function virtually as the constitution for a district, yet their provisions are little known to the public. Unpleasant surprises emerge when the Denver Public Schools contract is read from the viewpoint of frustrated education consumers. Article 44 bars community accountability committees from monitoring classroom work (although required by state law).

  • Quality Checklist for Education Consumers0

    • February 15, 1990

    Public education in Colorado is ripe for change. The legislature has enacted a new funding formula and a grassroots accountability process. The Governor has made school creativity a priority issue.

    The final months of 1989 brought to the state three major conferences on improving the schools: a business-education summit in August, a Gates Foundation national symposium of reform experts in September, and a regional strategy meeting on parental choice hosted by U. S. Secretary of Education Lauro Cavazos in November.

  • Home Education in Colorado: Clarifying Parents' and Children's Rights0

    • April 1, 1987

    Home schooling is an educational model whereby the primary academic instruction of children takes place in the childs home, generally by one or both parents but sometimes by another family member or an outside tutor. It was a common means of educating children in early American history.

    During much of the twentieth century, home education was practically unheard of in many circles. But during the past decade it has become perhaps the most widely growing phenomenon in American education, including the state of Colorado.