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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 here

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News & Updates 

COVID-19 Policy Guidance from CDE

As COVID-19 continues to affect all areas of education, CDE is shifting policies and requirements and providing resources to guide districts, schools, parents and others through this process. See the new policy guidance webpage here.   

Polis Extends Suspension of in-Person Learning 

Governor Polis announced that he is lengthening the suspension of in-person learning in Colorado schools through April 30. Polis reiterated that it remains unlikely that schools will return to in-person learning this school year and said that districts are allowed to lengthen their own suspension period (which many have done). See his full executive order here