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Colorado Charter Schools Rally at the Capitol 2015
Colorado Charter Schools Rally at the Capitol 2015
Today’s Students. Tomorrow’s Leaders. 

Thursday, April 16 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Colorado State Capitol, West Steps, Denver, CO


Join hundreds of charter school students, parents, teachers, principals and other supporters at the 2015 Colorado Charter Schools Rally on Thursday, April 16 at noon. Hear from state legislators who support choice and innovation in education as well as school leaders and students. Also, see your fellow charter schools perform on stage, and cheer for the winners of the Charter School Art Contest.


Click here to register for the rally and Capitol tours

Click here for Charter School Art Contest rules and entry form.


Tentative Rally Schedule
 11:55 AM – 12:05 PM

Student Musical Performance - Mountain Phoenix Community School

 12:05 PM – 12:40 PM

Hear from charter school students, teachers and elected officials from across Colorado.

 12:40 PM - 12:45 PM Student Dance Performance - SOAR Denver

 12:45 PM – 1:00 PM

Charter School Art Contest Awards Ceremony featuring Governor John Hickenlooper
(Be sure to visit the Capitol Rotunda to see the winning artwork as well as a charter school infographics display.)

 12:55 PM – 1:05 PM

Student Performance

Pre-Rally Student Debates

Middle school students from five charter schools will participate in a student congress/debate in the Old Supreme Court Chambers (inside the Capitol) from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. We encourage schools to bring students to watch the debates!


Debate teaches students many skills including critical thinking, effective communication, independent research and teamwork, all skills that serve individuals well in school and the workplace. This will be a great educational opportunity for students to see other students in action debating many important issues.  It may also spark an interest in debating at your school! 


Capitol Tours:

Following are the tours we have available at the Capitol on April 16th. If you would like to reserve a tour, please click here to register. Note: If you are outside the Metro Area, please consider reserving later tours in order to allow yourself ample time for travel.


 Start  Tour Type   Start  Tour Type
 9:15 AM  Legislative Tour A  1:00 PM  Legislative Tour A
 9:15 AM  Legislative Tour B  1:00 PM  Legislative Tour B
 10:00 AM  Legislative Tour A  1:00 PM  Dome/Attic Tour
 10:00 AM  Legislative Tour B  1:00 PM  Historical Tour
 10:00 AM  Historical Tour  2:00 PM  Legislative Tour A
 10:00 AM  Dome/Attic Tour  2:00 PM  Legislative Tour B
 11:00 AM  Legislative Tour A  2:00 PM  Dome/Attic Tour
 11:00 AM  Legislative Tour B  2:00 PM  Historical Tour
 11:00 AM  Dome/Attic Tour  2:30 PM  Historical Tour
 11:00 AM  Historical Tour    


Click here to register! 


Please keep in mind, there is a maximum of 30 participants per tour. Tours are approximately 45 minutes in length. Visitors must check in 15 minutes prior to scheduled tour time for security clearance. If you plan to utilize the restrooms (located in the basement), arrive 20-30 minutes prior to your tour. Self-guided tours are offered at the Capitol as well, with no reservation needed.


The general public entrance is on the north side of the Capitol (Colfax and Sherman Streets). A League staff member will meet you inside and escort you to the tour desk.


Deadline to register for Capitol Tours is April 8. Click here to register!  


If you would like to see other sites while you are in Denver, the League will not be setting up tours this year, but below are some museums and their websites. You are welcome to contact them directly to arrange a visit for your students.

  • Denver Mint
  • History Colorado Center
  • Colorado Supreme Court/Colorado Judicial Learning Center
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Denver Art Museum
  • Denver Performing Arts Complex
  • The Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL)*
  • Denver Firefighters Museum
Travel Subsidies

A limited number of travel subsidies are available (up to $150.00).  Click here to download the subsidy application form


Charter Schools Art Contest

In conjunction with the 2015 Colorado Charter Schools Rally at the State Capitol on April 16, the Colorado League of Charter Schools is hosting a student art contest. There are five age categories. One grand prize winner will be chosen from each age group and their artwork be featured in a League publication. Additionally, each winner will be introduced during the rally and asked to speak briefly about their artwork. There will also be three runners up in each age category. All grand prize winners will be honored at the Colorado State Capitol on Thursday, April 16, 2015, during the Colorado Charter Schools Rally. All winning artwork will be featured on the League's website and will be displayed in the Colorado State Capitol during the week of April 13 – 16, 2015.

Click here to view the winning artwork.

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