Sustainability vs. the American Dream...
2014 American Dream Conference
All over the country, regional governments are writing “sustainability plans” that will reduce mobility and single-family home ownership. The 2014 Preserving the American Dream Conference will give you the tools you need to stop these plans. Join the American Dream Coalition for this year's American Dream Conference. The conference is being held September 19-21st in Denver. For more info, go here.
Central planning...
Beaucratic Planning Nightmares
What happens when bureaucrats sit in smoky back rooms and plan Denver metro's transportation and living needs? Nightmares. Randal O'Toole outlines the enormous failure that "mixed-use," "transit-oriented development" and other fancy buzz words wreak on our real world. Read the whole piece here on Complete Colorado's Page 2.
Fuzzy numbers...
PERA's "Pensionomics" Nonsense
In a study paid for by public pension programs, wouldn't you believe that public pensions like Colorado's PERA are a boon to all of society?! It's because of a "multiplier" effect that generously transforms payments to retirees into economic miracles! However, in this Complete Colorado Page 2 op-ed, Joshua argues that PERA doesn’t create wealth, multiply dollars through the economy, or increase tax revenue. Colorado’s taxpayers and workers do that.
Innovating in education...
Blended Learning Takes Off
Blended learning is a teaching method that combines in-person instruction with online learning in the classroom, lab, or other work space including home. This paper focuses on system-wide efforts in three Front Range school districts and a group of rural districts in the San Luis Valley. How's blended learning coming along? Read the Issue Paper to find out.
Reaching the Hispanic Community...
Raaki Garcia Show
The Raaki Garcia Show is primarily in Spanish with experts in education, law, politics, policy, energy, and the goal is to educate Hispanic families about the ideas of liberty and free markets. Listen every Tuesday and Thursday from 11-12p on 1150 AM and online at www.onda1150am.com.

Independence Institute Audio

September 17th, 2014
Dave Kopel
Former music critic, acclaimed journalist, and syndicated columnist Nat Hentoff joins Dave Kopel to discuss the fate of our civil liberties in the 21st century. Have we learned the lessons of 9/11? Why has Obama been worse on civil liberties than any president previous? Nat explains it all in this iVoices interview!
Nat Hentoff Talks Civil Liberties in the 21st Century (55:26 min).
Blended Learning Vision Coming to Life in Denver (21:52 min).
Should We Let the Courts Fix Tenure? (21:49 min).
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September 19th, 2014
Having to write this kind of post makes me feel a little sick to my stomach. Why would some teachers walk out on kids, enough to close down two Jeffco high schools? The headline from a 9News story points to the only two possibilities I can see: AP US History or teacher pay raises. What… [...]

 
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Russian Dolls and Education Policy: New Study Looks More Closely at Teacher Evaluations (olls and Education Policy: New Study Looks More Closely at Teacher Evaluations http://www.ediswatching.org/2014/09/russian-dolls-and-education-policy-new-study-looks-more-closely-at-teacher-evaluations/ http://www.ediswa min).
Task Force Talks Testing: The Challenges Ahead (e Talks Testing: The Challenges Ahead http://www.ediswatching.org/2014/09/task-force-talks-testing-the-challenges-ahead/ http://www.ediswatching.org/2014/09/task-force-talks-testing-the-challenges-ahead/#comments
The No-Longer-Invisible Achievement Gap: Challenges for Foster Kids in Colorado (nger-Invisible Achievement Gap: Challenges for Foster Kids in Colorado http://www.ediswatching.org/2014/09/the-no-longer-invisible-achievement-gap-challenges-for-foster-kids-in-colorado/ http://www.ediswatching.org/2014/ min).
Colorado More Leader than Laggard: A Report Card Eddie Can (Mostly) Enjoy (More Leader than Laggard: A Report Card Eddie Can (Mostly) Enjoy http://www.ediswatching.org/2014/09/colorado-more-leader-than-laggard-a-report-card-eddie-can-mostly-enjoy/ http://www.ediswatching.org/2014/09/colorado-mo min).
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