Charter group recognizes school district

League cites Douglas County for leadership role in development

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The Colorado League of Charter Schools recently recognized the Douglas County School District for its support of charter schools, awarding it the organization’s Pioneer Award. 

“We’re honored to receive this award as it acknowledges Douglas County School District’s commitment to putting what’s best for our students first and our belief in school choice,” Douglas County School Board member Doug Benevento said. “As the only public school district in Colorado to fully embrace charter schools, this recognition truly re-emphasizes our belief that parents and families know what is best for their child.”

CLCS described DCSD as a “hotbed for charter school activity,” honoring it for overcoming many challenges and smoothing the way for charter schools to come. 

“Douglas County School District’s flexibility and cooperation was vital to the opening of Academy Charter School and its successors during the first few years of charter school existence in Colorado,” CLCS President Nora Flood said. “DCSD continues to be a leader in charter school authorizing today. It has pioneered efforts in charter school facility financing, funding equity, and special education.”

In 1993, Academy Charter School opened in Castle Rock — one of the state’s first two charter schools.  More than 10,000 students now attend DCSD’s 12 charter schools, and two more will open this fall. The newest schools include Castle Rock’s Aspen View and Parker’s American Academy.  

CLCS honored DCSD with the Pioneer Award on June 3, exactly 20 years after the Colorado Charter Schools Act was signed into law.