Today the State Board of Education acknowledged certain districts had exclusive chartering authority for the 2009-2010 school year. The state Charter School Institute law allows districts, that meet certain criteria, to have exclusive chartering authority or the right to not have state Charter School Institute schools within their geographical boundaries.
A list of all the districts, with and without exclusive authority, is on the board's meeting agenda from today. Three district requests for exclusive chartering authority are still pending and are slated to be heard next month. These districts are Colorado Springs 11, Westminster 50 and Montezuma-Cortez.
Charter school applicants in districts without exclusive chartering authority can apply to the CSI or both CSI and the local district simultaneously.