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  • Judge Sets Constitution Aside in School Finance Ruling0

    • December 12, 2011

    Joshua Dunn, professor at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and author of Complex Justice, deconstructs Denver District Court Judge Sheila Rappaport’s December 9 decision for the plaintiffs in the school finance case Lobato v State. Dunn says the judge’s “absolute contempt for the constitution” is unique among the hundreds of rulings in similar cases nationwide that he has read and analyzed, and identifies clear grounds for a very likely appeal.

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  • Colorado K-12 Funding: Follow the Money0

    • December 1, 2011

    In this 20-minute podcast presentation, senior policy analyst Ben DeGrow addresses where Colorado’s K-12 education dollars come from, as well as how much is spent and where the dollars go. A link to the accompanying PowerPoint presentation is provided to make it easier to follow along.

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  • Colorado Election Upholds Fiscal Responsibility, Boosts K-12 Reform0

    • November 9, 2011

    Host Amy Oliver talks with senior policy analyst Ben DeGrow about the resounding defeat of the Proposition 103 state tax hike, the record loss of numerous school district tax and debt measures, and some key local board of education electoral victories for reformers. Special attention is given to Douglas County, where the winning sweep of pro-voucher board candidates coincides with the release of an excellent 8-minute Choice Media TV feature video on the groundbreaking local program.

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  • New Report Shows Great Need for Improved School District Financial Transparency0

    • November 9, 2011

    Host Amy Oliver and senior policy analyst Ben DeGrow discuss the findings of a new Education Policy Center report that tracks how well Colorado local K-12 agencies are complying with a 2010 state law requiring greater online financial transparency. DeGrow, who co-authored the report with research associate Devan Crean, highlights both the large number of school districts that fall short of the standard as well as a few large and small districts that are setting the standard above and beyond the law’s requirements.

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  • Colorado Online Education: Fix the System0

    • October 24, 2011

    An investigative report and a requested legislative audit have shined a negative light on K-12 online education in Colorado. Michael Horn, executive director of education at the Innosight Institute, makes the case that students will benefit far more from updated funding, accountability and teacher policies than from an additional regulatory burden. Colorado can learn from recent changes made in Utah and from the new Nation’s Digital Learning Report Card that promote blended and full-time online learning options.

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  • Judge Enjoins Douglas County Choice Scholarship Program0

    • August 16, 2011

    On August 12, 2011, a Denver District Court judge enjoined the Douglas County Choice Scholarship Program. Douglas County School District board president John Carson discusses the injunction and the next steps for the school district and the families involved.

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