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Charter School History

In 1993, Colorado became the third state in the U.S. to enact a charter school law. In fall of 1993, the state's first two charter schools opened their doors. The Connect School in Pueblo and Academy Charter School in Castle Rock are still open and thriving today. 

Over the years, charter schools have fought many battles for equity, funding and even survival. Below are a few great resources that chronicle the history of Colorado's charter schools, including this 20th anniversary documentary created in 2013. 


Other Resources Documenting the History of Colorado Charters:

On the Road of Innovation: Colorado's Charter Law Turns 20, by Pamela Benigno and Kyle Morin

Colorado's charter schools: their history and their future, by Jim Griffin (Denver Post Editorial)