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LEAGUE CHOOSES NEXT PRESIDENT (071420)

Tuesday, July 14, 2020  
Posted by: Peter Mason
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CHARTER SCHOOL ASSOCIATION CHOOSES NEXT PRESIDENT

LAKEWOOD, CO   |   July 13, 2020

The Colorado League of Charter Schools’ board chose an internal candidate as its fourth president. Dan Schaller, VP of State and Local Policy, was chosen from a national, well-qualified pool of applicants. Schaller was currently also serving as the Co-Interim President while the League searched for its next leader.

“We are thrilled to have Dan leading the League through this challenging time. He has a steady hand on fundraising, our legislative agenda and service to our members. He is balanced and centrist in his approach and we’re excited for all that is to come,” said Susan Marshall, board chair of the League throughout this past school year and leader of the national search.

The League serves 261 charter schools across Colorado who enroll and teach 128,000 students around the state. If it were its own district, public charter schools would be the largest district in the state. It conducted a nationwide search since its previous president resigned in March 2020.

On notification of the position, Schaller said, “I’m proud of the work that the League has done to create a strong environment for charter schools to exist and thrive. The state is ranked second nationally for the strength of our charter school law, and we are continuously striving to ensure that all Colorado children have access to the high-quality educational options they need and deserve. The League and charter schools have exceptional futures in front of us and we’re ready to tackle all the challenges head on.” 

Alison Griffin, board vice chair said, “We are so fortunate to have someone with Dan’s experience, commitment and relationships to lead the Colorado League of Charter Schools. Our member schools from Fort Collins to Denver, from Colorado Springs to Pueblo and west to Grand Junction are establishing deeper relationships with Dan and the League staff as we navigate these challenging times. The pandemic and resulting school funding challenges are putting pressure on schools, so our commitment to quality education, which serves diverse students is crucial. We have great confidence that Dan can steer our member support and advocacy work to new heights.”

Schaller taught high school in Denver before returning to graduate school earning an M.A. in Secondary Education from Regis University, and a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Denver. He led Strategy and Communications for the Denver Preschool Program prior to coming to the League where he has served for seven years, most recently as the VP of State and Local Policy. He currently resides in Denver with his wife and two daughters.

Established in 1994, the Colorado League of Charter Schools is a 501(c)3 organization based in Lakewood, Colorado. Charter schools are public schools operating with the approval of their district authorizer or with state authorizer approval. The schools in Colorado are all non-profits, and held accountable to the laws of the state, while most often being founded by their parents, and community leaders. The majority of charter schools in the state are single site schools who pay for their own facilities out of the per pupil revenues from the state and local districts.

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