Category Archives: School Choice

Colorado Vouchers, Under Attack

 

Neighborhood Schools

Douglas County offers academically reputable public schools. Several traditional schools already have a mission statement and definition of what they do especially well. The DCSD School Choice Task Force suggested that all schools adopt this philosophy to better market themselves to new families and communicate their strengths and philosophies with the public. View the Task…

Choice Scholarship Program

The adoption of an Choice Scholarship Program (also known as school vouchers) in Douglas County completes the package of school choice for Douglas County. The purpose of the choice scholarship program is to provide greater educational choice, improve educational performance through competition, obtain a high return on educational spending and close academic achievement gaps for…

Home Education

Douglas County families can currently select home education for their children, although the district itself offers limited direct services outside registrar functions. The Task Force explored various options that home educators seek in developing partnerships with school districts, traditional and public charter schools. The Task Force suggested that DCSD pursue addition of services through building…

Charter Schools

Currently Douglas County is the authorizer of eight charter schools that serve different student populations, each with unique scopes and missions. The Task Force sought continued expansion of the charter school collection, as well as strengthening the relationship with DCSD-the schools’ authorizer. The Task Force also recommended various venues which DCSD may pursue to strengthen…

Online Learning

Douglas County offers several programs that combine academic and technological innovation, allowing students to participate in school online. The DCSD School Choice Task force recommended additional partnerships and collaborative projects form in this area. View the Task Force proposal on online learning. Links and Resources Colorado Cyber School Hope Online Learning Academy Colorado Cyber School…

Contract Schools

School choice in Douglas County includes contract schools; however, they are amiss in the current DCSD school portfolio. The Task Force explains what a contract school is and how it could work in Douglas County. View the Task Force proposal related to contract schools.

Open Enrollment

The DCSD School Choice Task Force believes that open enrollment reform is necessary to improve communication of all programming and accessibility to interested parents. View the Task Force proposal related to open enrollment reform.