Colorado Community Media asks, "How has the proliferation of charter schools impacted the district?"
In 2011, DCSD served 60,000 students in 80 schools. Today it serves 68,000 students in 91 schools. The new schools added during this time frame were all charter schools and they were used to address this student growth.
Both charter and neighborhood schools are harmed when there are inefficiencies as resources are not maximized to benefit all our schools. Prior boards (2009-2017) often approved charters without consideration of an area’s local needs or efficient use of taxpayer dollars. As a result, DCSD currently has over- and underutilized schools resulting in the current need for district-wide school capacity and boundary analysis.
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