May
30th 2008
A Cautious Hooray for the Newly-Signed Innovation Schools Act

Posted under Denver & Governor & Innovation and Reform

It’s always a little scary when the legislature is in session making new laws that affect education. But one bill the governor signed yesterday gives a little hope for some real positive changes:

Bruce Randolph Middle School led the way and now all schools in Colorado will have the opportunity to become autonomous.

“A status quo approach is no longer working and in fact is hindering our ability to graduate our students with skills they need to succeed in a global economy,” said Colorado Senate President Peter Groff.

Wednesday morning, Gov. Bill Ritter was joined by staff members and students at Bruce Randolph during a bill signing that would allow schools to break free of a certain district to have more decision making power as it relates to students, staff, and budget.

National education reform writer Joe Williams took the opportunity to send “bigtime kudos” to Senator Groff for his leadership in bringing forward this bill – known as the Innovation Schools Act.

The bill certainly didn’t end up as strong as it could have, after being watered down by the teachers union. But it should be easier now for schools to break free from some of the red tape that keeps them tied up. Only time will tell just how much easier it will be. But Denise, the Colorado charter school lady, explains why the waivers made available through this new law can be so important to school success – success that will matter to kids like me.

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6 Responses to “A Cautious Hooray for the Newly-Signed Innovation Schools Act”

  1. Ed is Watching » Why Aren’t Union Leaders Listening to Montclair’s Request to be Free? on 03 Jun 2008 at 11:51 am #

    [...] week I gave a “cautious hooray” to the new Innovation Schools Act, which makes it easier for individual schools to free themselves [...]

  2. Ed is Watching » Bruce Randolph Free to Enforce High Expectations, End Social Promotion on 13 Jun 2008 at 10:13 am #

    [...] Bruce Randolph School has been in the news a lot the past six months, struggling with some success to free itself from the red tape of district bureaucracy and union work rules. Bruce Randolph has served as inspiration for the recent Innovation Schools Act. [...]

  3. Ed is Watching » New CSAP Scores Tell Colorado It’s Time to Advance in School Reform on 29 Jul 2008 at 3:04 pm #

    [...] can’t help but agree with Senator Spence. Colorado took a small step forward in school autonomy and innovation this year, but it isn’t time to give up on accountability [...]

  4. Ed is Watching » Please, Please Don’t Nip Colorado School Innovation In the Bud on 19 Feb 2009 at 12:01 pm #

    [...] when I was just barely 5 (not nearly 6, like I am now) I applauded Colorado’s new Innovation Schools Act. While the law could be better – some of those adult interest group lobbyists got in there and [...]

  5. Ed is Watching » Are Michigan Lawmakers Being Inspired by Colorado’s Innovation School Act? on 23 Jun 2009 at 11:56 am #

    [...] year Colorado passed the Innovation Schools Act, which I applauded as a positive step forward. But our state isn’t the only one to see greater need for public [...]

  6. Ed is Watching » January 13: Landmark Day for Colorado K-12 Productivity and Innovation? on 13 Jan 2011 at 6:48 pm #

    [...] education on a tighter budget. The goal is later in the year to craft a proposal under the Innovation Schools Act that would make Falcon a “district of innovation,” subject to approval from the State [...]

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