Last night the Denver Public School District staff recommended another ten charter schools for approval by the Board of Education. All of these schools are for at least a 2010 opening. Many are replication schools, meaning they're based on an existing, successful model. Two of the schools, Global Village Academy-Denver and the Denver Language School will both teach Mandarin Chinese in grades K-8. There is already a Global Village Academy operating in Aurora, near the Buckley Air Force Base.
Several years ago DPS turned the corner and is now not only accepting of charter schools, the district solicits charter schools to serve unique student populations. The district has taken the "portfolio" approach to addressing student learning needs. Already the district has 20 charter schools; the highest number of charter schools for any district in the state.
I heard that DPS was calling charter school applicants that would not be recommended for approval and many withdrew their applications rather than accepting a denial. Although this relinquishes their right to an appeal before the State Board of Education, many of these applicants will return with another application that is even stronger.