Bill to regulate Colorado’s online schools would stop “whack-a-mole” of poor performers, backer says

April 1, 2019 | The Denver Post

Colorado’s online schools will have to track their students and will face limits in how they rebrand themselves if Gov. Jared Polis signs a bill that’s on the way to his desk.

Senate Bill 129, approved by both houses of the General Assembly, would require the state’s online schools to track and report to the Colorado Department of Education if students drop out or leave for other schools between the annual enrollment count day and the end of the school year, as well as the grade level of students who leave.

It also would force low-performing online schools to seek approval from the state education department before reopening under another name, and would keep them on performance watch even if the organization authorizing them changed.

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