Free association: non-union teacher options amid long-term trends

By | January 30th, 2013

Last week the U.S. Department of Labor released new numbers showing that nationally union membership is on the decline. And not only in the private sector, which has been on a decades-long downward trajectory. Three years ago the nation crossed a historic threshold, as union members in private industry were outnumbered by their public sector [...]

National School Choice Week to roll out across U.S.

By | January 25th, 2013

National School Choice Week kicks off tonight in Phoenix, Ariz., with many hundreds of events upcoming around the country celebrating the educational options K-12 students (and their parents) have – or should have – in pursuit of excellence.

DougCo school board wins Denver Post acclaim for taking on unions

By | January 18th, 2013

Charcie Russell, of Great Choice Douglas County, read a Denver Post opinion column that named the Douglas County (Colo.) School Board, and its president, John Carson, the “top thinkers of 2012 in education” for “having the courage to break the death grip of teacher unions on public education” in pursuing an innovative school-choice scholarship program, among other reforms.

Closely watched: How DougCo will fill a school board vacancy

By | January 16th, 2013

Because the Douglas County (Colo.) Board of Education has pursued so many reforms in recent years, this November’s election is likely to be closely watched – in Colorado and nationally. One wild card is a recent vacancy on the seven-memer board.

Quiz show: practice tests can be more effective than study

By | January 11th, 2013

Katherine Rawson, who earned her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado, cites research indicating that practice tests can be more effective than repetitive study in student performance and knowledge retention.

Colorado Education Association says let’s go to the video

By | January 8th, 2013

The Colorado Education Association, the union that represents some 40,000 teachers, other school staff and retirees in the state, has launched no less than 18 videos to kick off 2013, promoting their vision of public education.

Jindal: U.S. failing to provide equal opportunity in education

By | January 2nd, 2013

In a recent address at the Brookings Institution, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal skewered the education establishment and made a compelling case for school choice in his state – and beyond.

Attacking DougCo school board, union leaders swing… and miss

By | December 21st, 2012

Christmas is just days away. While many students in Colorado schools are starting their long-awaited breaks, the disgruntled teachers union leadership in Douglas County is stepping up their smear campaign.

Splitting student funding to support their choices

By | December 20th, 2012

During the “Financing Student Success” panel discussion at the Colorado State Capitol this month, state Sen. Michael Johnston, D-Denver, described the concept of “fractionalizing” student funding.

Backpack funding for school choice: a lesson from Utah

By | December 19th, 2012

“How do we get to a backpack, course-level funding system in Colorado?” asked Ben DeGrow during a Dec. 6 panel discussion on “Financing Student Success” at the state Capitol. “Looking at our neighbors to the west, the state of Utah, which has the statewide online program…”