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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.

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Coaching Opportunity - New School/Replication/Expansion

The Schools of Choice unit has engaged the Community Training and Assistance Center (CTAC) to provide coaching services to individuals or groups actively looking to open, replicate, or expand high-quality charter schools. This needs-based coaching service assists schools and new school development teams when navigating the complex business of starting, replicating, or expanding a charter school. Much of this support relates to accessing information—informed by best practices—across a range of school development domains associated with high-quality operation. If you are interested in coaching services, please fill out an interest form using this link as soon as possible as coaching services will begin soon.  Once you have completed an interest form a CTAC team member will reach out to you.

April UIP Posting Flexibility  

In response to the COVID-19 Policy Implications Stakeholder Group’s recommendations, the State Board of Education approved rules on March 10 to make the April 2021 public posting window optional; the new rules enable districts and schools to carry over the most recently posted plan to cover 2020-21. Read Act reporting requirements are still in place, and must be submitted by Thursday, April 15. For more detailed information, visit the UIP READ Act website.

Districts and schools are still welcome to submit plans by Thursday, April 15, through the online UIP system and CDE will post those plans immediately. For districts wishing to exercise this new flexibility, no action is needed. CDE will add a note to the website explaining improvement plan status.

BinaxNOW Antigen Tests

As a part of the state's effort to return students and teachers safely to school, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) is providing the Binax At-Home program free of charge through the end of the 2020-21 school year. The program delivers BinaxNOW antigen tests to the homes of teachers, student-facing staff and eligible students. Communication was sent on March 18th to charter school leaders through the emergency contact distribution list with more information outlining how schools who do not currently have access to these tests, but would like to, can access them.