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The Birth Of A Charter School

The Birth Of A Charter School

We have read many accounts of successful charter schools across the country. We understand from these stories how students are well served when parents have the ability to choose how their children are educated.   But how are these charter schools born? What is the gap that is identified in the community that causes people to say, “We need another choice”?   I had the opportunity to...

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Equity in Charters Schools: A Colorado View

Equity in Charters Schools: A Colorado View

We are used to the old saying, “You get what you pay for.” When we pay more, we expect that we are getting a better quality product. There is a reason that a Maserati costs more than a Ford.   If you bought a Ford for the price of a Maserati, you’d feel ripped off. But if you bought a Maserati for the price of a Ford, you’d feel like you got a great deal. The expectation is that the best...

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Parents Know Best … When It Comes to School Choice

Parents Know Best … When It Comes to School Choice

Who knows how to educate your children better, you or some faceless bureaucrat at the Federal Department of Education?   While a few parents might want others to make key decisions regarding their child’s education, most believe they know their own kids better than any government official.   So how do parents choose the best schools for their kids?   We hear a lot about STEM...

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Keeping Kids Safe In A Broken World

Keeping Kids Safe In A Broken World

Children are being murdered in their schools while politicians trade talking points and campaign promises about school safety. Our children are neither partisans nor political chess pieces. What can we do to keep our children safe while politicians jockey for position in back rooms? I met some heroes who found a solution that saves lives. Here is what they found.   Sandy Hook On December...

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Obama Proud Of Commuting Sentences Of Firearms Offenders

Obama Proud Of Commuting Sentences Of Firearms Offenders

President Barack Obama said in an August 4th press conference that he is “proud to have reinvigorated the long-neglected power of clemency.” The only problem is that 26% of the commutations were for firearms related charges. I thought the President wanted to reduce gun violence? Out of 214 commutations, 56 were for firearms offenses. The President goes after law abiding gun owners,...

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Hate Big Government? Crush New Smoking Taxes.

Hate Big Government? Crush New Smoking Taxes.

Aren’t you glad we live in a state where, due to TABOR, politicians have to ask us before soaking hardworking taxpayers? I like to call it “consensual taxation.” In 2013, Coloradans overwhelmingly defeated Amendment 66, which would have been a $1 billion annual tax increase. The politicians wanted this tax increase, but the voters said no by a margin of 66-34. Thanks to TABOR, they had to ask...

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