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Charter School Authorizers
The Role of of Charter School Authorizers 

“Thank you for working with us throughout the year to better align our processes as it truly has improved the quality of applications. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the League and genuinely appreciate all you do to ensure quality school programs are available to all students!”
Joe Amundsen,
Office of School Reform and Innovation (OSRI),
Denver Public Schools


Charter school authorizers play a powerful role in ensuring that all students have access to a high-quality public school option.


According the National Association for Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), "done well, charter authorizing increases student achievement by expanding the supply of quality public schools to satisfy unmet needs—particularly by providing life-changing opportunities for students ill-served by the existing school system.


Charter authorizing is complex work, requiring constant balancing of diverse and often competing interests. It is a public responsibility for authorizing institutions, as well as a highly developed profession for the individuals charged with this stewardship role. 


Quality authorizing requires specialized knowledge, skills, commitment, and adherence to essential professional standards in order to serve students and the public well, and achieve the purposes of state charter laws."

Authorizer Resources and Tools 

The Colorado League of Charter Schools offers a variety of tools, resources and supports to Colorado charters school authorizers. These tools are designed to assist charter school authorizers to improve practices around charter approval, oversight, renewal, and closure. Click here to access our authorizer resource library. Or if you have questions or need assistance, please contact Lori Ventimiglia at the Colorado League of Charter Schools at 303-989-5356, ext. 113.