Today's Denver Post has a guest column written by Jim Griffin, President of the Colorado League of Charter Schools. There's a very disturbing figure in Griffin's commentary: "an estimated 41, 000 students await their chance to attend a local charter school."
Why are so many students on waiting lists? Why should a student literally have to win the lottery in order to get a good education that may change his/her life?
Many good charter schools in Colorado have already been replicated. Lincoln Academy, Woodrow Wilson Academy, Crown Pointe Academy, and Legacy Academy were all started from Jefferson Academy. Denver is considering replicating several of their high-performing charter schools because of the demand. Students deserve the opportunity to receive a good education--not only when they win the lottery!