Court: Colorado charter schools are constitutional
DENVER, Colorado” The Colorado Court of Appeals has upheld a law that allows the state to create charter schools within local school district boundaries.
Boulder Valley School District challenged the 2004 law partly because it could remove local control over schools and siphon state money away from the district.
In a ruling handed down Thursday, a three-judge panel ruled the law is constitutional because it doesn’t require a local district to establish charter schools and gives districts the option to seek exclusive authority for charter schools within its boundaries.
Boulder schools spokesman Briggs Gamblin says the school board won’t decide whether to appeal until after its attorney reviews the ruling.
The state department of education’s Charter School Institute serves 5,700 students through 16 schools across the state.