Colorado 2016 State Policy Detail
NEXT STRONG MOVE: DEFAULT CLOSURE
Big 2016 legislative victories were won in areas of charter school facilities and operational flexibility. The state should continue improvements in the sector with a default closure law.
- Institute a default closure provision. Enforcement of charter school accountability has been inconsistent among Colorado authorizers. A default closure provision will ensure that failing charter schools are considered for closure. Colorado is well positioned to adopt such a policy because of the state’s existing well-developed accountability system and the willingness of the state’s charter school membership organization to include a default closure provision in its 2016 legislative agenda.
- Institute a strong renewal standard. Empower authorizers to close schools that fail to achieve the performance goals set out in their charter contracts.
- Codify in state law the expectation that all authorizers use performance frameworks. Performance frameworks used by Denver Public Schools and the Colorado Charter School Institute (CSI) are already promoted in the state for use by all authorizers.
- Transform the Colorado Charter School Institute into a statewide Independent Chartering Board. Currently, CSI’s authority is limited to jurisdictions that do not retain exclusive chartering authority, either by choice or due to state revocation. The CSI should be able to directly authorize charter schools across the state.