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Colorado Charter Schools


In the state of Colorado charter schools are public schools that operate via a contract with an authorizer such as the local school district or, in some cases, the Colorado Charter School Institute. Our office administers the Colorado Charter School Startup and Implementation grant, which provides technical assistance to charter schools and authorizers, processes waiver requests for the State Board of Education, collects data on charter schools, produces special topic studies and the state evaluation of charter schools, and responds to questions from the general public. See more information on the CCSP Grant.

News & Updates

Submit your application for 2023 Colorado Teacher of the Year

The application for the 2023 Colorado Teacher of the Year is now available. Each year, the Colorado Teacher of the Year Program honors an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled K-12 classroom teacher to represent the entire profession in the state. The selected teacher will also automatically become Colorado's nominee for the National Teacher of the Year competition. Applications for this honor will be due on Wednesday, June 29.
Visit the Colorado Teacher of the Year webpage for more information on the 2023 Colorado Teacher of the Year program, the application process and to access the online application form.

School code change request deadline June 30 

Districts/Local education agencies requesting a New School Code, School Name Change, School Grade Change and/or Request for Closing a School are required to submit the application - including the superintendent's/ executive director's signature - on or before Thursday, June 30th, for the 2022-23 school year.
The process for a school code change request is as follows:

  • School Code Review Committee reviews the request, the decision is made to approve or deny
  • Approval/denial letter is emailed to the superintendent/executive director and submitter
  • Changes become active in the Directory in Data Pipeline as of Friday, July 1, for the 2022-23 school year

Failure to submit the request before the June 30th deadline could result in a denial. Visit the Data Pipeline Year-Round Collections-Directory for additional information.

Order free outreach toolkits for summer and school meal sites

School Nutrition is excited to share that outreach toolkits are available for free to all sponsors for all summer and school year meal sites. Fill out this order form to order your summer and/or school toolkits. Toolkits will be shipped this summer. For questions, contact Megan Johnson at or 303-653-6138.

Pilot Opportunity: New Unified Improvement Plan template

The School Improvement and Planning team is looking for schools to participate in testing a new Unified Improvement Plan template and provide input to inform the next design phase of the template.
Participants will be selected to ensure a representative group of schools based on a variety of criteria, such as geographic region, school size and school performance rating. Interest forms are due by Monday, May 16.
For more information and to access the interest form, view the UIP template pilot flyer. (Google Doc)

Request for recommendations: Colorado Talent Pool

CDE seeks recommendations for the “Colorado Talent Pool” - a roster of emerging classroom leaders who are distinguished teachers and principals. These educators may be candidates for advisory boards, task forces and special recognition programs. Recommendations will identify educators who are of great value to their community and state and who may also ultimately be considered for prestigious recognition.
A minimum of five years in education is a must. Candidates are building-level personnel. They are typically classroom teachers as opposed to specialists and are recognized by peers and supervisors as unique in their growth. Occasionally a principal or specialist is considered. Educators who are outstanding but have not received other recognition are of special interest. The recommendation deadline is Friday, June 20. For more information and to access the Talent Pool Recommendation Form, visit the Colorado Educator Talent Pool webpage