State pushes back at Pueblo to make way for expanded charter school
Todd Engdahl / EdNews Colorado
Parents of 44 prospective kindergarteners and first graders at a suburban Pueblo charter school got some good news Thursday when the State Board of Education sided with the school in a dispute with its district over expansion.
The board voted 5-0 to grant an appeal by the Swallows Charter Academy in Pueblo West, which had been denied permission by the Pueblo District 70 school board to add kindergarten and first-grade classes of 22 students each next school year.
Swallows director Cindy Compton said the 263-student K-12 school has a long waiting list and that students already are signed up for the two additional classes. School starts Aug. 9.
So far this year, the state board has ruled for schools in three charter appeals but sided with authorizers in two other cases. When the board rules in favor of a school, the issue typically is sent back to the local board for reconsideration. That’s what is being done in the Swallows case. A local board can stick with its original position, in which case a second appeal can be filed. …read full story by EdNews Colorado
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