Friday is the deadline for school district's to request exclusive chartering authority for the 2008-09 school year. The Charter School Institute is free to sponsor charter schools within the physical boundaries of school districts without ECA.
The Durango 9-R Board of Education decided not to request ECA because they believe CSI does a better job of vetting charter school applications. This year Durango received a charter application at the same time CSI did. After a rigorous review, Animas Charter HS was approved by CSI.