Additional links for background readings


“Colorado AG: Metro State’s New Tuition Rate for Undocumented Students Is Unlawful,” Boulder Daily Camera (June 19, 2012),

Cotton, Anthony, “Metro State Moving ahead with Tuition Plan for Illegal Immigrants,” Denver Post (August 3, 2012),

Johnston, Michael, “Guest Commentary: ASSET Bill Can Prove Colorado’s Greatness,” Denver Post (March 13, 2011),

Kopp, Mike, “GOP Leader Sees Flaws in Immigrant Tuition Bill,” Pueblo Chieftain (March 13, 2011),

Pros and Cons of the Dream Act, US Immigration: Comprehensive Do-It-Yourself Immigration Guides (n.d.),

“Undocumented Student Tuition: State Action,” National Conference of State Legislatures (July 2012),


2012 Kids Count in Colorado (Denver: Colorado Children’s Campaign, 2012),

“Charter Schools,” Education week Research Center (May 25, 2011),

Cody, Anthony, and guest posters from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, “Dialogue with the Gates Foundation:
What Is the Purpose of K-12 Education?” Living in Dialogue blog, Education Week (August 2012),

Darling-Hammond, Linda, and Edward Haertel, “A Better Way to Grade Teacher,” Los Angeles Times (November 5, 2012),,0,650639.story.

Johnson, Dale, and Bonnie Johnson, “High Stakes Testing,”,

Living in Dialogue Blog Exchange on Reform
Motoko, Rich, “Seeking Aid, School Districts Change Teacher Evaluations,” The New York Times (October 15, 2012),

Tough, Paul, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012).
For an informative review, see

Social Security

Goss, Stephen C., “The Future Financial Status of the Social Security Program,” Social Security Bulletin, vol. 70, no. 3 (2010), .

John, David, and Virginia Reno, “Perspectives: Options for Reforming Social Security,” AARP Public Policy Institute
(Washington, DC: AARP, June 2012),

“Means Testing for Social Security,” Issue Brief (Washington, DC: American Academy of Actuaries, January 2004),

Wender, Samantha, “Why Social Security Is Running out of Money: Just Explain It,” Yahoo! Finance (November 8, 2012),


“Hard Work Is Essential for Achieving the American Dream, But Is It Enough? Americans Are Divided According to a New Survey,”
Public Agenda (October 1, 2012),

Issue Guide: Race (New York: Public Agenda, n.d.),

Way, Arthur, Jr., and Carlos Valverde, Jr. Facing Race: 2009 Legislative Report Card on Racial Equality (Denver: Progressive Coalition, 2009),


Drug Facts: Marijuana, National Institute on Drug Abuse (November 2010),

Gogek, Ed, “A Bad Trip for Democrats,” New York Times (November 7, 2012),

Guarino, Mark, “How Will Feds Deal with Marijuana Legalization in Colorado and Washington?” Christian Science Monitor (November 12, 2012),

Kamin, Sam, “Medical Marijuana in Colorado and the Future of Marijuana Regulation in the United States,” McGeorge Law Review, vol. 43 (2012),

Marijuana Policy Project,


Dahlberg, Elisa, ““Should Concealed Weapons Be Banned on College Campuses? No, Students Deserve Protection,
Denver Post (November 4, 2012),

District of Columbia v. Heller, Oyez Project,

Hoover, Tim, “Theater Shootings Don’t Push Coloradans to Support Stricter Gun Laws,” Denver Post (September 17, 2012),

Jones, Jeffrey M., “Record-Low 26% in U.S. Favor Handgun Ban,” Gallup Politics (October 26, 2011),

Kopel, Dave, Campus Carry at CU, Independence Institute Audio (November 19, 2012),

Liston, Dan, “Should Concealed Weapons Be Banned on College Campuses? Yes, Guns Are a Threat to Learning,”
Denver Post (November 4, 2012),

Whaley, Monte, “Colorado Supreme Court Affirms that CU Students with Permits Can Carry Concealed Guns on Campus,”
Denver Post (March  5, 2012),


Atkins, Chris, An Analysis of Misleading Attacks on Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights
(Washington, DC: The Tax Foundation , March 25, 2005),

Focus Colorado: Economic and Revenue Forecast, Colorado Legislative Council Staff Economics Section (September 20, 2012),

Hollenbeck, Todd, TABOR: What Was Said vs. What Really Happened (Golden: Independence Institute, October 2008)

Johnson, Kirk, “Colorado Lawsuit Challenges Wisdom of Ballot Box,” The New York Times (January 31, 2012),

Laugesen, Wayne, “Our View: TABOR Is a Colorado Asset,” Colorado Springs Gazette (October 30, 2012),

Lav, Iris J., and Erica Williams, A Formula for Decline: Lesosns from Colorado for States Considering TABOR
(Washington, DC: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, March 25, 2010),

Looking Forward: Colorado’s Fiscal Prospects Amid a Financial Crisis
(Denver: Bell Policy Center, 2009),

Tabor: A Proven Failure, National Education Association,

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