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  • Blaine’s Shadow: Politics, Discrimination, and School Choice

    Blaine’s Shadow: Politics, Discrimination, and School Choice0

    • March 29, 2017

    More than three dozen states have some type of Blaine clause in their state constitutions. These problematic clauses prohibit government aid to “sectarian” institutions. Though this language has been euphemized to stand for the “separation of church and state,” such an outlook misinterprets the religious protections outlined in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution

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  • Eternal LIFO: Unlawful Layoff Procedures in Unionized Colorado School Districts

    Eternal LIFO: Unlawful Layoff Procedures in Unionized Colorado School Districts0

    • November 30, 2016

    Passed in 2010, Senate Bill 191 was a landmark piece of education reform legislation that garnered significant bipartisan support, including unanimous support from Republican legislators. The bill amended Colorado’s Licensed Personnel Performance Evaluation Act and the Teacher Employment, Compensation, and Dismissal Act (TECDA) to align state statute more closely with the goal of ensuring that every student is taught by an effective teacher.

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  • Counting the Cash Again: An Update on Colorado School Finance

    Counting the Cash Again: An Update on Colorado School Finance0

    • October 31, 2016

    School finance is a constant topic of interest in Colorado education discussions. However, the complex nature of school finance means that many do not feel adequately prepared to meaningfully participate in these conversations. In his latest publication, Senior Education Policy Analyst Ross Izard provides the information needed to have honest, accurate discussions of Colorado’s school finance

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  • Colorado Student-Based Budgeting on the Rise

    Colorado Student-Based Budgeting on the Rise0

    • August 14, 2015

    Led by Falcon 49, a growing number of Colorado local K-12 agencies have set the pace for student-based budgeting standard to increase transparency, equity, and flexibility in how resources are used. More opportunities lie ahead for these school districts and other adopters to expand and accelerate its benefits.

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  • Performance Pay Pioneers: Harrison’s “Effectiveness and Results” Raises the Bar

    Performance Pay Pioneers: Harrison’s “Effectiveness and Results” Raises the Bar0

    • February 4, 2015

    IP-1-2015 (January 2015)

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  • A Scholarship Tax Credit Program for Colorado

    A Scholarship Tax Credit Program for Colorado0

    • January 5, 2015

    Scholarship tax credits increase the opportunity for K-12 students to access non-public educational options. Such a tax code modification increases the incentive for persons and businesses to contribute funds to qualified non-profit scholarship granting organizations. In turn, the organizations use most of the incoming funds to assist low- and middle-income families with private school tuition expenses. Colorado policymakers should give careful consideration to providing many of the state’s families an important benefit through the adoption of scholarship tax credits.

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