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DU public policy institute to host education reform debate

DU’s Institute for Public Policy is tackling one of the most hotly debated policy topics in Colorado: education reform.

The DU and Denver communities are invited to hear from four of the state’s leading reformers at “CounterPoints: School Reform,” a panel debate moderated by former Gov. Richard Lamm.

In a state known for progressive education reform, ideas surrounding tenure, unions, and charter schools often spark controversy in Colorado.

State Sen. Michael Johnston (D-Denver) is one of the members of the panel. In 2010, Johnston authored Senate Bill 191, which changed the way in which teachers and principals are evaluated. The Colorado Legislature passed the bill.

Other panelists include Beverly Ingle, president of the Colorado Education Association; Jane Urschel, deputy executive director of the Colorado Association of School Boards; and Tony Lewis, executive director of the Donnell-Kay Foundation.

Attendees will be able to ask questions of the panelists at the end of the debate.

“CounterPoints: School Reform” will take place from 4 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts. A networking reception will follow at 5:30 p.m. The event is free, but RSVPs are requested online. For more information, contact the Institute for Public Policy Studies at 303-871-2468 or


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