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Has a lack of Colorado charter school transparency allowed for more conflicts of interest?

DSST Potential Conflict of interest

More holes in Colorado’s charter school oversight structures. Despite the well intended safeguards put in place through the Colorado Charter Schools Act (C.R.S. 22-30.5-104), and other legal requirements for education providers to provide the public with transparent access to their

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Nonresident Students in Jeffco Charter Schools

Non Jeffco resident students makeup approximately 7.8% of the students in all Jeffco schools, but 28% of charter school enrollments

Non Jeffco resident students makeup approximately 7.8% of the students in all Jeffco schools, but 28% of charter school enrollments. What’s the cost? Continuing our series on the following information reported by Don Oatman in the “OVERLOOKED ISSUES PERTAINING TO

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Why the types of charter schools matter

Why the types of charter schools matter

There are no doubts that charter schools are unique. In Jeffco, each charter school appears to be as different from each other as they are from their neighborhood school counterparts. The following information, as reported by Don Oatman in the “OVERLOOKED ISSUES

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Differing Charter School Circumstances

Is it relevant to lump all charter schools together when reporting their performance, impact, success and/or failures?

Is it relevant to lump all charter schools together when reporting their performance, impact, success and/or failures? Is it appropriate to create charter school generalities drawn from combining very different schools, with incommensurable missions and student populations? The following information, as reported

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OVERLOOKED ISSUES PERTAINING TO JEFFCO CHARTER SCHOOLS – A REVIEW

Issue Overlap

A Jeffco resident is curious why there appears to be nobody in Jeffco talking about why only 1 in 4 Montessori schools are American Montessori Society members, the impact that occurs from the noticeably reduced free and reduced lunch students

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How Charter Schools are Dodging Colorado Laws: A Colorado Independent Article

Charter schools have been using waivers to get out of teaching comprehensive sexual health classes, state mandated hiring and firing practices, substitute teacher policies and many other rules. Who’s watching? Nobody. Read how Charters schools have been dodging Colorado laws in a

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Lawsuit Claims Charter School Governance Violated Sunshine Law

Charter school is sued for potential Open Meeting and Sunshine Law violations

Lawsuit alleges charter school, Montessori Peaks Academy, violated open meeting and open record laws. Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition (CFOIC) shines the light on possible violations of Sunshine Laws by a Jefferson County Public Schools charter school. In a posting on April

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New Charter School Info!

CAREColoradoKids.org has added a new resource to keep our community informed about charter school issues. The “Do you know?” section is designed to provide information about charter school waivers, teacher licensing, and more. Visit this new section frequently for the most

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Fully Licensed Educators in Jefferson County Public Schools

Total Fully Licensed vs Unlicensed Jeffco Charter School Educators

According to the Colorado Department of Education, the current Highly Qualified (HQ) rules in Colorado require that a fully licensed teacher holds a current Colorado teaching license. This includes: Initial license Professional license Interim authorization Master teacher license (previously Master Teacher Licenses) Alternative

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Woodrow Wilson Charter Academy

Colorado Law Waivers 28 waivers including the following waiver of serious concern: C.R.S. 22-63-201 Employment – license required – exception Statute Definition  22-1-112 School year – national holidays. The school year shall begin on the first day of July and end

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