Yesterday the State Board of Education remanded the appeal from the Life Skills of Denver Charter School back to Denver Public Schools. DPS had revoked the charter, which has been open for 3 1/2 years. Life Skills serves a very high minority and Free/Reduced Lunch eligible population on a year-round calendar using a computer-based curriculum.
Today the Board denied exclusive chartering authority to the Poudre School District and granted it to the Pueblo 60 School District.
The charter appeal today was from the Imagine School at Firestone in the St. Vrain Valley School District. In a packed hearing room, the district justified their requirement of a contract provision requiring Imagine to serve at least 31.1% Free/Reduced Lunch eligible students or surrender their contract after two consecutive semesters below the mandated minimum. Schools within the district have Free/Reduced numbers between 10% and 90% with a district average around 30%. Since this was a second appeal, the Board ordered the district to negotiate a contract and open the charter school. Imagine plans to open with grades K-3 in the tri-town area.