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Colorado Judge Declares Charter School Conducted Illegal Closed Door Meetings

Lawsuit finds Montessori Peaks Academy (Jeffco charter school) used illegal closed door meetings to hide discussions regarding mistreatment of students and teacher misconduct Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition (CFOIC) shines light on violations of Sunshine Laws by a Jefferson County

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Jeffco board rejects Walton-backed charter school

It’s back to the drawing board for a proposed Jefferson County charter school backed by the Walton Family Foundation and the grandson of Walmart founder Sam Walton. Marianne Goodland, The Colorado Independent, November 7, 2016 The Jefferson County Board of Education

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The charter school shell game: money, money, who’s got the money?

The charter school shell game: money, money, who's got the money?

Colorado charter school audits and financial transparency run amok in Jefferson County Public Schools! Have you ever seen someone get hustled by a street shell game? You know the kind, a charmer on a street corner makes a convincing show of

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John Oliver pokes fun at serious charter school issues across the US

John Oliver pokes fun at serious charter school issues across the US

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO), humorously explores charter schools issues With so many children in charter schools (6,700 charter schools with almost 3 million students), it is no wonder that problems are popping into the limelight. John Oliver reveals

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Charter schools lead the way to declining science test scores

Charter schools lead the way to declining science test scores

Recent science test scores reveal Weld County Colorado charter schools show notable losses. According to an article by The Tribune,Weld County Colorado science test scores dropped overall, however, the data reveals a more significant decline in charter school performance. Results for the Colorado

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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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New charter school report alleges more than $216 million in fraud waste and abuse

Charter Fraud and Waste

Is the lack of charter school oversight burning money? According to a Center for Popular Democracy report released May 2016, evidence suggests that charter school waste, fraud and abuse has now topped more than $216 million. Building on previous research, the

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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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