There are already sixteen Charter School Institute schools operating and more being approved. Just a couple of weeks ago, Provost Academy, was approved. What's the future for these schools while the BVSD lawsuit now is appealed to the Colorado Supreme Court?
CSI schools have been in limbo finding it nearly impossible to identify financing for their facilities through normal avenues while some wonder what will happen with the lawsuit. It's unclear what would happen to CSI schools if the courts were to declare CSI unconstitutional. It's anybody's guess if the schools would try to get chartered by the district in which they reside or simply close. Tens of thousands Colorado public school students now attend CSI schools.
Common sense says that after two lower courts have determined the CSI law is constitutional, surely the Colorado Supreme Court would agree. However, the Supreme Court has been known to make decisions contrary to other well-established and experienced legal minds.
Some have criticized BVSD for even continuing this lawsuit. But the law firm, Caplan and Earnest, LLC, said they'd continue the suit on a pro-bono basis. This firm represents many of the large Colorado school districts in addition to many smaller districts.
Until the lawsuit is finally determined at the Colorado Supreme Court, the CSI charter schools will continue to operate in limbo.