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Opinion: With new law in place, charter schools are poised to close their special-education gap

Charter schools may feel like a relatively recent phenomenon, but next year, Colorado will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first charter school in our state. When it authorized charter schools in 1993, the Colorado General Assembly allowed parents, teachers and community members “to take responsible risks and create new, innovative, more flexible ways of […]

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No Colorado charter school has a union. That could change as New America School teachers rally to form one.

Most of Stephanie Ernst’s students at New America School in Aurora are immigrants who are still learning English, but after a rash of teacher and staff departures this school year, her students no longer have a Spanish program in which they can practice their first language. Nor do they have a school nurse. Or a […]

Posted inEducation, News

More students attend Colorado charter schools, but access still isn’t equal

More Colorado students than ever are enrolled in charter schools, and those students posted higher test scores than those of students in district-run schools during a pandemic-disrupted school year. At the same time, Colorado charter schools continue to enroll students with disabilities at some of the lowest rates in the nation, and many parents don’t […]

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New union-backed Denver school board renews charter schools despite some reluctance

By Melanie Asmar, Chalkbeat Colorado Denver’s first school board in recent history to be backed entirely by the teachers union renewed the district’s contracts with 16 charter schools Thursday, despite some members expressing concerns with the independent public schools. Board President Xóchitl “Sochi” Gaytán was the only one of seven board members to vote “no” […]

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Denver isn’t pursuing a true-up with charter schools that got federal coronavirus loans

Denver charter schools that received federal COVID-related small business loans last spring won’t need to forgo any future funding to make up for the $16 million in forgivable loans they received, district and charter officials said. An earlier agreement implied such a reconciliation would happen. It was never clear how the arrangement would work, only that the […]

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Effort to expand Colorado districts’ power to reject charter schools is voted down

Colorado lawmakers rejected a bill Thursday that would have made it easier for school boards to turn down new charter schools after more than four hours of emotional testimony, much of it from charter school families who felt the change would reduce educational opportunities. The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Jennifer Bacon, a Democrat who also […]