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Douglas County Awarded as Charter School "Pioneer"

CASTLE ROCK, CO –The Colorado League of Charter Schools (CLCS) awarded the Douglas County School District (DCSD) the prestigious Pioneer Award at its 20th Anniversary Celebration held earlier this summer.
"We're honored to receive this award as it acknowledges Douglas County School District's commitment to putting what's best for our students first and our belief in school choice," said Board of Education member Doug Benevento.  "As the only public school district in Colorado to fully embrace charter schools, this recognition truly reemphasizes our belief that parents and families know what is best for their child."
Describing Douglas County School District as a "hotbed for charter school activity," CLCS selected Douglas County as the only school district to receive the award.  Specifically, CLCS honored DCSD for its role in overcoming many battles and challenges and smoothing the way for charter schools to come.
“Douglas County School District’s flexibility and cooperation was vital to the opening of Academy Charter School and its successors during the first few years of charter school existence in Colorado," said Nora E. Flood, President of Colorado League of Charter Schools.  "DCSD continues to be a leader in charter school authorizing today. It has pioneered efforts in charter school facility financing, funding equity, and special education. All of this made DCSD a natural choice as a recipient of a Charter School Pioneer Award in honor of the 20th anniversary of Colorado charter schools.”
In 1993, Douglas County's opened Academy Charter School in Castle Rock.  It was one of two of the very first charter schools to open in Colorado.  Today, over 10,000 DCSD students attend one of 12 charter schools.  Two new charter schools will open for the 2013-2014 school year:  Aspen View Charter School and the second campus of American Academy.  With the latest additions, there will be 14 charter schools in DCSD.
CLCS honored DCSD with the Pioneer Award on June 3, 2013, exactly 20 years to the date that the Colorado Charter Schools Act was signed into law.
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July 19, 2013 | By Anonymous | Category: Communications

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