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Colorado Charter Schools


In the state of Colorado charter schools are public schools that operate via a contract with an authorizer such as the local school district or, in some cases, the Colorado Charter School Institute. Our office administers the Colorado Charter School Startup and Implementation grant, which provides technical assistance to charter schools and authorizers, processes waiver requests for the State Board of Education, collects data on charter schools, produces special topic studies and the state evaluation of charter schools, and responds to questions from the general public. See more information on the CCSP Grant.

News & Updates

Announcing our 2021 CCSP Grant Recipient Awards 

We are pleased to announce our CCSP Grant Recipients for 2021! The link to awardees can be found here.

CU Anschutz offers well-being workshops for educators

The University of Colorado Anschutz Department of Psychiatry is offering timely and relevant workshops for educators in preparation for the winter break as well as tips for getting through the holidays and enjoying holiday break. Learn more about the workshops on the CU Anschutz website.  The well-being support line is available to all Colorado educators, including administrators and other school-based staff members, for confidential venting, validation, problem solving and resources. Call or text 303-724-2500. Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 9-11 a.m.; and Sunday 4-6 p.m. Click Here for Additional Information

Air Quality Improvement Grant Opportunity - January 2022 Second Round

Grants are available to purchase, repair, maintain or upgrade portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) fans or filtration systems for classrooms made on or after April 1, 2021. The second round of funding will be available in early 2022 for public school facilities, including school districts, charter schools, institute charter schools, boards of cooperative educational services, the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind and facility schools. Note that approved facility schools are eligible if a school district applies on their behalf.
Apply between Wednesday, Jan. 12, to Monday, Jan. 31.

COVID relief funds to make long-term investments in curriculum and instruction

With an influx of COVID relief funds, schools are seeking ways to overcome problems brought on by the pandemic. CDE’s Office of Standards and Instructional Support recommends that schools consider making significant investments in teaching and learning, especially where spending supports long-term improvements in the classroom.
For more information, visit the COVID relief funds standards webpage

TLCC survey launches Jan. 19

The Teaching and Learning Conditions in Colorado survey launches Wednesday, Jan. 19. Packets with individualized, single-use survey codes will be mailed and emailed to schools the week of Jan. 10.
The survey will be available on the TLCC website and can be taken in under 15 minutes from any computer or mobile device. Schools and districts will need at least 50% staff response and a minimum of five respondents to access results when they become available this spring. With the new addition of Education Support Professionals to the survey, ensure time is made available for all school staff to participate before the survey closes Friday, Feb. 18. For more information, visit the TLCC survey website.

Protecting the Rights of Special Education Students in Charter School Enrollment

On 10/28/21, the SOC hosted a presentation entitled “Protecting the Rights of Special Education Students in Charter School Enrollment”.  We learned about the concerns raised that led to the investigation by the Office of Civil Rights, what actions are being taken to address the concerns brought forward, and what schools and authorizers can do to ensure that the rights of students with disabilities are protected in the charter school enrollment process. The recording of the presentation as well as supporting documents are available here.