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.

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July 24th, 2014
Ben DeGrow
Jon Hanover talks about his path from the business world into education, his success teaching kindergarten in an innovative blended learning environment, and his role as founder of the newly approved, innovative Denver charter school Roots Elementaryopening in fall 2015.
Blended Learning Vision Coming to Life in Denver (21:52 min).
Should We Let the Courts Fix Tenure? (21:49 min).
What Do Americans Think About Standardized Tests, School Choice? (22:22 min).
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It's not Election Day, it's Election Month in ColoradoTackling Douglas County School Choice LawsuitThe Women's Guide to How Men ThinkOne on One with Candidate for Colorado Governor Bob BeauprezDealing with Down Syndrome in the 21st Century
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September 12th, 2014
If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you probably know I have a fondness for report cards. A certain kind, anyway. Just as long as it’s not my report card going home to my parents about my performance. Seriously, though, I like to talk about report cards related to education policy — [...]

 
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).
The Constitution on Latin TV (And by “Latin,” we don’t mean Latin American).
Empire Strikes Back against School Choice in Courts; Don’t Give Up! (rikes Back against School Choice in Courts; Don’t Give Up! http://www.ediswatching.org/2014/09/empire-strikes-back-against-school-choice-in-courts-dont-give-up/ http://www.ediswatching.org/2014/09/empire-strikes-back-aga min).
Pressing Forward with Scholarship Tax Credits in Colorado.
Not a Walk in the PARCC: Testing and Local Control In Colorado (k in the PARCC: Testing and Local Control In Colorado http://www.ediswatching.org/2014/09/not-a-walk-in-the-parcc/ http://www.ediswatching.org/2014/09/not-a-walk-in-the-parcc/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2 min).
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