This year's School Finance Act bill was amended to grandfather Randy DeHoff so he could stay on the State Board of Education when the provision prohibiting State Board members from also working for or being on the board of the Charter School Institute becomes law.
After the last redistricting, when the 7th Congressional district was added, the General Assembly passed provisions that allowed Jared Polis to stay on in his at-large seat and Evie Hudak to continue to represent the 2nd Congressional even though she no longer lived in the district. This even made for an eight-member board while Jared Polis served out the remaining four years of his term.
This was the second year the legislature has tried to either remove Randy DeHoff from the State Board of Education or force him to resign from being the Executive Director of the Charter School Institute. Randy DeHoff is a founder of Collegiate Academy in Littleton, originally known as Sci-Tech Academy. He's always been a strong supporter of charter schools during appeal hearings and because of his own charter experience, has been an effective leader of the CSI.
The final bill that became law last year resulted in several CSI board members having to step down because they were on a charter school board or worked for a charter school. CSI board members with this type of experience were vital during the formation of CSI because they knew what it was like to operate a charter school. The CSI board philosophy has shifted since losing these valuable board members and their expertise.