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  • Exciting Stuff: Jeffco’s Jefferson Area Plan Moves Closer to a Vote0

    • February 26, 2015

    Some positive efforts for change are underway in the Jefferson Articulation Area, one of Jeffco’s most challenging regions. An important improvement plan faces a March 5 board vote. The plan is the culmination of a huge process that pulled together district officials, school leaders, community members, and parents. Education collaboration is a beautiful thing. Let’s hope it leads to better results for students!

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  • In K-12 “Education Reform” Debates, Blind Spots, Blind Spots Everywhere0

    • February 23, 2015

    Welcome to a new week. With all the snow and cold outside, it seems like a good time to pause and reflect on the big picture of improving K-12 education. Which takes me straight to a Thursday thought piece by Andy Rotherham, titled “Education Reformers Have a Big Blind Spot.” What is the big blind […]

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  • Report Card Skirmish: Falcon High School’s Standards-Based Grading0

    • February 17, 2015

    What’s in a grade? Strange question, I know. From my perspective, a good report card means praise and, if I’m lucky, a cookie or a new toy. Bad grades mean I get a “talkin’ to” from my parents. Those aren’t all that fun. For my parents, report cards are an important way to track how […]

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  • Harrison: More About Real Performance Pay than Former Presidents0

    • February 16, 2015

    What kind of a holiday is Presidents Day anyway? For many kids, it’s just a great excuse to stay home from school. Speaking of which, yours truly decided to dig up eight little factoids about Colorado public schools named after former U.S. presidents: Hardly a shock, “Lincoln” is the most popular presidential school name with […]

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  • Should I Get My Hopes Up about Colorado Course Choice Once More?0

    • February 3, 2015

    Hopes were a little high last May when I offered K-12 online pilot program ideas in the wake of House Bill 1382′s adoption. My Education Policy Center friends have been talking about the promise of Course Choice and course-level funding for a few years now. It sure would be nice to see Colorado take even […]

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  • Taking a Look at This Year’s Colorado School Grades0

    • December 17, 2014

    December is an exciting month for me. For starters, I’ve got some cool presents coming my way next week. In the meantime, I’ve got plenty of fun education stuff to keep me busy. Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of highlighting some standouts among CDE’s annual award winners. This week, I have the honor […]

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