Charter public schools currently enroll 115,000 students in 238 schools across the state. They have been an integral component to the Colorado public education system for nearly 25 years, and are held to the same accountability standards as other public academic institutions.
Leaders of HOPE Online charter school, facing state intervention for poor performance, pledged Thursday to improve teacher quality, hold themselves more accountable and renew their focus on boosting student test scores.
Chronic absences — when kids miss school 10 percent or more of the time — increases the likelihood kids won’t read well by the end of third grade, will be held back in later grades and will drop out of high school.
Crisanta Duran, speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, said this week she is concerned that a bill that would send millions of dollars to charter schools doesn’t do enough to support the state’s at-risk students.
The Colorado Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, is working to fuel opposition to a bill that would boost charter school funding by associating it with U.S Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
By 1997, there were 50 charter schools and by last year, charters enrolled 108,793 students — an increase of 30 percent since 2013, according to a report by the Colorado Department of Education. If put in one place, all those charter students could form the state’s largest school district.