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.
Pension reform...
Retirement Age More Than Just a Number
Sate employees can retire with full, but insecure, benefits as early as 58. Folks in the private sector will be eligible for full Social Security at age 67, continuing to fund state employee's retirement until then. If you don’t think this scenario is fair, you’re not alone. Read more from Joshua Sharf in this Page 2 op-ed.
The facts cast doubt...
On Colorado Teen Pregnancy
Economist Linda Gorman writes, "Has Colorado really had more success in preventing “teen” pregnancies than other states? Gov. John Hickenlooper said yes in a news conference convened within days of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision. But the numbers cast serious doubt on his story." Read the whole thing here.
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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August 21st, 2014
Over the past decade, three-, four-, and five-story apartment buildings have been built in the Denver area, especially along the routes of current and planned rail transit lines. These apartments, known as transit-oriented developments or TODs, are a part of the original FasTracks plan: first, build rail lines that don’t go [...]

 
Denver transit-oriented developments reflect planners’ misguided mania for density.
It Says What? Facts, Fiction, and NEA’s Foot-in-Mouth Disorder.
“What Are People Thinking” about Education? PEPG Makes It Pay to Know.
Rob Discusses How He Researches the Constitution.
No Excuses: STRIVE to Do Better.
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