Colorado is having its first "boot camp" for charter school developers. Previously the Schools of Choice Unit at CDE put on a two-day "application writer's seminar" but this year the League of Charter Schools and the Charter School Institute have joined with CDE in expanding the seminar.
Every element of a charter school application is addressed and topics such as literacy, performance management, Special Education, and grants are also covered. This year a special session for developers working with management companies will give information on contracting with a company, what authorizers look for in the charter school/management company relationship, and what types of provisions should be in the performance contract with the company.
The application process for new charter schools has become much more sophisticated over the years. Applications that were approved ten years ago would not be approved by most districts today. Many parent groups are still getting charter school applications approved, but they must first undergo a learning process. This boot camp is specifically designed for that purpose.