Policy Map

Colorado

School Choice Policy

Charter School Choice

Do state statutes allow for charter schools?

Are for-profit charters allowed?

No:

Each charter school shall organize as a nonprofit corporation pursuant to the "Colorado Nonprofit Corporation Act", articles 121 to 137 of title 7, C.R.S., which shall not affect its status as a public school for any purposes under Colorado law. (held as of 1997)

22-30.5-104.(4)(a) - Charter school - requirements - authority - rules.

Is there a cap on the number of charter schools?

Did not find:

We did not find information about caps on charter schools in Colorado statutes. However, Education Commission of the States states that Colorado does not have caps on charters.

Education Commission of the States 50-State comparison

Are charters required to provide transportation for any students?

No:

Charter schools may choose not to provide transportation.

22-30.5-106.(m) Charter application - contents

Can charter schools employ uncertified teachers?

Yes:

District and charter teachers must hold an initial or a professional teacher's license or authorization issued pursuant to the provisions of article 60.5 of this title, unless the school or district has received a waiver from this provision.

22-63-201.(1-2) Employment - license required

Virtual School Choice

Do state statutes allow for full-time virtual schools?

Yes:

Yes. Colorado statutes allow for online schools and online programs.

22-30.7-102.(9; 9.5): Definitions

Are virtual schools required to track attendance?

Yes:

Students in online programs/schools are subject to compulsory school attendance as provided in article 33 of this title: each online program and online school must document a student's compliance with compulsory attendance requirements by documenting the student's attendance.

22-30.7-105.(2)(a): Program criteria

Do virtual schools have to comply with state teacher certification requirements?

Yes:

Supplemental online courses must be taught by a teacher who is licensed pursuant to article 60.5 of this title.

22-5-119.(3)(j)(I): Statewide supplemental online and blended learning program

Private School Choice

Do state statutes allow for voucher programs?

No:

No voucher programs found.

EdChoice School Choice in America

Do state statutes allow for educational expense tax credits or deductions?

No:

No educational expense tax credits or deductions found.

EdChoice School Choice in America

Can students use vouchers to attend religious schools?

Not Applicable

Is there a cap on the number of students or private schools participating in voucher programs?

Not Applicable

Are voucher students in private schools required to take any standardized tests?

Not Applicable

Can private schools be removed from voucher programs based on performance?

Not Applicable

Are private schools in voucher programs required to provide transportation?

Not Applicable

Interdistrict School Choice

Do state statutes allow for interdistrict choice?

Yes:

Every district shall allow "nonresident pupils from other school districts within the state who apply pursuant to the procedures established pursuant to subsection (2) of this section to enroll in particular programs or schools within such school district without requiring the nonresident pupils to pay tuition."

22-36-101.(1)(b): Choice of programs and schools within school districts.

Are receiving schools or districts required to provide transportation to any students?

Unclear

Page last updated: January 2020

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