June 20, 2022 4:54 pm

Editorial: Boards Were Right to Reject Ascent Charter School

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The list of the application’s shortcomings is long. It sought waivers from many of the school districts’ policies without sufficiently explaining why. It fell short in describing how it would recruit and serve a diverse student population, including minority students and those with disabilities. It left many doubts about the level of parent and community involvement that would be possible at the school as well as the transparency of school board meetings. It raised significant questions about Ascent’s ability to maintain a productive relationship with the school district. And it failed to demonstrate parent involvement in the initial idea to locate an Ascent school in Boulder County — the BVSD denial resolution says, “The application does not mention any involvement by parents with respect to the preparation of this application and the development of the school.”

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