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A look at charter school growth and distribution in Denver

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Over the past five years, the number of Denver students attending district-run schools has decreased while the number of students in charter schools has grown.

Disagreement over the role of charters in the district marked the heated Nov. 5 school board election. Ahead of the new board members being sworn in Dec. 4, here’s a look at the number and location of charter schools in Denver.

It comes courtesy of three charts provided recently to the school board. The charts show not only the growth of autonomous schools, such as charter schools and district-run schools with “innovation status,” but also the distribution of autonomous schools around the city.

This mixture of school types in Denver Public Schools has been known as the “portfolio model” — or in the district’s phrasing, the Denver “family of schools.”

-Melanie Asmar, Chalkbeat Colorado

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