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Colorado Charter Schools

COVID-19 Resources for Schools

The Schools of Choice Unit has shared communications to all charter school emergency contacts to ensure information that is sent to school districts is also reaching the charter community.

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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.

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News & Updates 

2020-21 CCSP Grant RFA & Supporting Documents Now Published  

All new, expanding and replication schools seeking to apply for the Colorado Charter Schools Program (CCSP) Grant now have access to the full Request for Application (RFA) as well as other supporting documents. All documents are published on the CCSP Grant Program & Application Process webpage. Reach out to Tanesha Bell ( with any questions. 

Planning for the 2020-21 School Year: New Guidance Released 

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in collaboration with CDE released new guidance for the reopening of schools this fall. The guidance is organized by the level of COVID-19 incidence in the community: Stay at Home (high level of COVID-19), Safer at Home (mid-level of COVID-19), and Protect Our Neighbors (lower level of COVID-19). This guidance, CDE's toolkit for the 2020-21 school year, and guidance from local public health agencies will provide districts with information they need to start the school year safely.   

Competitive Grants & Awards Updates

With significant loss in revenue due to the economic impact of COVID-19, the Colorado legislature had to make a number of changes to state competitive grant programs to ensure a balanced budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year. CDE has compiled all of the changes to state grant programs on its Competitive Grants and awards webpage showing the status of each affected award program, including the status of grants that have been paused and are now restarting.