DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said today that he was pleased to see the Colorado Supreme Court has declined to review a recent Colorado Court of Appeals decision that found the Colorado Charter School Act constitutional.
The Boulder Valley School District sued the state claiming that the General Assembly does not have authority to create and fund charter schools that local school boards do not oversee. The Colorado Court of Appeals sided with the state in mid-February, noting that the state Legislature did not violate the state constitution when it created the Colorado Charter School Institute. The Colorado Charter School Institute authorizes and oversees charter schools that are independent of local school district authority.
“I was pleased to see that the Supreme Court declined to consider Boulder Valley School District’s argument that the Legislature could not authorize the creation of the Colorado Charter School Institute and, by extension, independent charter schools,” Suthers said. “The Legislature made the public policy decision to create the Charter School Institute, and it has played an important role in providing educational options for Colorado school children.”
More than 6,000 Colorado students and families utilize the state’s independent charter schools.