Colorado Board of Education reverses Aurora board’s call to shutter five online learning centers
"We predict the elementary and middle school of HOPE Online will move into year six of turnaround (status) ... we cannot see how this can be in the best interest of parents or students," said Lisa Escárcega, former APS official.
AURORA | HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op, a Douglas County-based charter school network, will continue to operate five online learning centers in Aurora Public Schools in the coming years despite recent objections raised by the APS School Board about HOPE’s performance, the State Board of Education decided Thursday, July 7.
Despite the wholesale rejection of APS’ decision, board member Angelika Schroeder, a Democrat who covers the state’s 2nd Congressional District, lauded the APS Board’s increasingly tough stance on the district’s underperforming schools.
“I want to give kudos to the Aurora board for saying that, ‘We’re not just going to automatically renew this because the kids are not thriving,'” she said. “I think it sets a very good precedent.”
Schroeder went on to criticize the abbreviated time frame on which APS and HOPE operated.
“For there to be a thoughtful conversation and objective observation … the timing, I think, was a little bit weak,” she said.