We are in a divisive era, but not everybody is divided. These are the stories of people coming together to develop long-lasting solutions to difficult policy obstacles. We share stories about education, agriculture, American Indian/Alaska Native communities, energy, public land management, health, and emerging technologies.
Charter School Performance During COVID-19
The Keystone Policy Center recently released its second report analyzing public data to assess the impact the COVID-19 disruption had on Colorado education. The report, entitled Colorado’s Missing Year: Charter School Performance, explores recent enrollment and academic performance data to examine how charter schools fared relative to the state and other school district managed public schools in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode of Keynotes, we discuss some of the findings and lessons learned detailed in the report that can help stakeholders and policymakers improve education in Colorado generally.
Education During the Pandemic: What the Data Reveal
What impact did the shift to virtual learning have on students during the COVID-19 pandemic? A report from the Keystone Policy Center titled Colorado's Missing Year analyzed test data to tackle that question, and some of the findings may surprise you. The report also spurs a greater conversation on student assessment, transparency, and what policymakers can do to ensure we have the correct information available to make the best decisions for our students.
The Invisible Essential Workforce Part 2
The economic and health devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are widespread, but we’ve disproportionately heaped the burden of holding up the economy and preserving our way of life on certain groups of people—many of which we never see. In the second episode of this two-part series, we highlight the Farm Labor Practices Group, a diverse coalition of agriculture stakeholders committed to ensure a safe and productive farm experience for farmers and laborers. The group has also been a key supporter of COVID-19 relief efforts in the Southeast U.S., helping to provide personal protective equipment and educate workers on the best practices and health care options available to them as they navigate a global pandemic.
The Invisible Essential Workforce Part 1
The economic and health devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are widespread, but we’ve disproportionately heaped the burden of holding up the economy and preserving our way of life on certain groups of people—many of which we never see. In this first episode in a two-part series, we highlight the essential contributions of farm labor particularly those laborers who are foreign born. In the era of COVID-19, this workforce keeps our economy afloat but there still needs to be an effort to secure workplace safety, sustainable productivity, and human rights.
The Keynotes Podcast returns from its summer hiatus with a few updates on three projects profiled in the podcast that spurred state legislative action: the Education System Resiliency and Innovation Initiative, Next 100 Colorado, and funding the Colorado Water Plan.
Farmers for Monarchs
The annual migration of monarch butterflies is one of the world’s great natural phenomena. Unfortunately, monarch populations are in an alarming decline. That's why the Keystone Policy Center brought together a diverse group of committed stakeholders, including scientists, conservationists, farmers, and the private sector, to find collaborative solutions to strengthen monarch populations and habitat. The group was founded as the Monarch Collaborative in 2015, but just this week announced a renaming of the group as Farmers for Monarchs. This is the story of both the monarch and Farmers for Monarchs.