Charter schools are a major focus of the new Board majority. Charter schools were originally conceived as a way to allow experimentation in new teaching techniques (and the best would then be adopted by the regular system), provide better education to poor neighborhoods, and do all of this for a lower cost that a traditional public school.
But if you look around Colorado, what you find is that the Charter school movement has been hijacked by several different groups, mostly conservative. Charter schools today tend use either teaching techniques already found in the public schools or are trademarked fads, are placed in upscale neighborhoods, and are constantly coming to the school districts for “loans” and have outrageous fund raisers (win a new car raffles, etc.,). They often have a religious or ideological bias built into the curriculum, have high teacher turn-over rates, and resist taking the same state tests that traditional public schools have to take in order to avoid genuine comparisons. In short, they have departed broadly from the original intent.
On this page will we monitor Charter school activity in the District, especially anything that comes to the Board. The links below will take you to pages that deal with specific Charter schools or specific Charter activities going on in the District.
Collegiate Academy of Colorado – Financial problems
Current status: $400,000 loan approved by the Board, January 16, 2014.
Cornerstone Academy of Colorado – Application problems
Current status: In “facilitation” with the District.