Obama's call to eliminate a cap on the number of charter schools that some states have imposed will have no impact in Colorado because there is no limit.
The state's first charter schools opened in fall 1995, and there were 50 by 1997. This year, 151 charter schools are operating in the state, and the projection for next year is 160, said Denise Mund of the Schools of Choice unit for CDE.
Schools can be chartered through local districts or the state Charter School Institute. Mund said Colorado charters are flourishing and are known for having higher academic performance, which she credited to a strict approval process and a focus on quality.
Actually the first charter schools in Colorado started in 1993. Can't expect reporters to get all the details correct, right?
Colorado's charter school movement is the opposite of most states with charter schools, however. Our charter schools tend to outperform their non-charter school counterparts in grades 3-8 on the CSAP. Further, a higher proportion of charter schools receive an Excellent or High on the School Accountability Report.