Tonight the Adams 12 School District Board of Education unanimously voted to deny two charter school applications. One was from Capstone Academy, a National Heritage Academies, K-8 school emphasizing moral education and rigorous academics. The other application was Prospect Ridge, a K-12 charter school proposing to use the Core Knowledge curriculum and emphasize science and math.
Both of the denial resolutions were very similar, citing classroom size in the elementary schools in that area of the district, comparing the Brighton 27J National Heritage Academies school academic achievement to area elementary schools, financial concerns in a year where the state was rescinding money and the existence of comparable educational programs in district schools.
In my recollection, this is the fifth and sixth charter school applications in a row that District 12 has denied. Just two years ago the district denied another National Heritage Academies application and that decision was never appealed.