Today Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave presented a check for $20,887,613 to the Colo. Dept. of Education for charter school startup and implementation grants.
Ridgeview Classical Schools hosted Cong. Musgrave; Patricia Chlouber, US Secretary of Education's Regional Representative; Michael Clough, North Area Regional Manager, CDE and Bob Schaffer, State Board of Education Vice-Chair. Students and staff members of Ridgeview Classical spoke about charter schools and why they liked their school. Cong. Musgrave gave the school a flag, which had flown over the US Capitol and a book about the 50 states written by Lynn Cheney.
At least 95% of this grant award will go directly to new charter schools in Colorado. The schools will use these funds to cover costs such as purchasing desks, curriculum and equipment and training teachers. In addition, CDE will use the funds for training charter school authorizers, conducting research on effective charter school practices and offering technical assistance to new charter schools.