Today our team presented our request for waivers from state statutes to the Colorado State Board of Education.
Waivers from various state statutes are the heart of what makes a charter school an autonomous choice option for parents and children. These waivers allow a charter school the autonomy to direct their curriculum and education program, hire the best qualified teachers, conduct their business operations, and retain local control on a variety of other issues. As a public, tuition-free school, this allows a school of choice the flexibility to meet the needs of its parent and student community, while still meeting state performance standards.
A bulk of the requested waivers were approved on the Board’s Consent Agenda, including the authority for Golden View Classical Academy to select its own staff, adopt a school calendar meeting state guidelines, and the ability to use alternate assessments for our kindergarten students.
The other waivers Golden View Classical Academy requested, that were presented in person, allow the school to retain a closed campus and develop its own policies around the beverages allowed to be served at the School.
Important to many families was the State Board’s recognition, with the support of the Jefferson County School District, that Golden View Classical Academy does indeed have the authority and autonomy to determine its education program and materials.
The State Board supported this local control by explicitly approving waivers to statutes allowing Golden View Classical Academy to determine what books are appropriate for our school and students, our approach to drug and alcohol education (CRS 22-1-110), and a waiver from the new Comprehensive Sex Education statute (CRS 22-1-128). The waivers from the drug, alcohol, and sex education statutes will allow Golden View Classical Academy to address these topics in an appropriate manner consistent with our classical curriculum, and allow parents a greater voice in the education of their children.
We are grateful the State Board of Education approved all these waivers on a unanimous, 7-0 vote.