Rep. Mike Merrifield, chair of the House Education committee and author of the infamous "charterizers deserve a special place in hell" email, has introduced a bill targeting the successful Cesar Chavez Academy in Pueblo.
HB 1125, sponsored by Merrifield, would limit charter schools, school districts or the state Charter School Institute from offering any incentives to students to participate in their educational programs. This comes after Cesar Chavez Academy, and its high school: Dolores Huerta Academy, offered $100 gift certificates last fall for students who enrolled in their charter school.
In addition to the two charter schools in Pueblo, authorized by the Pueblo 60 School District, the Cesar Chavez Academy network has two schools in Colorado Springs, an online high school, and recently got a charter approved in Denver. The schools have all consistently demonstrated outstanding academic achievement with its high percentage of at-risk students population.