School district, Charter Academy duel over demographics

By Randy Wyrick

EDWARDS — The Eagle County Charter Academy’s enrollment is supposed to reflect the same ethnic mix as the rest of the school district, but it’s nearly all white.More than half the students at Eagle County Schools are Hispanic, while the charter school has 94 percent white kids. This disparity has been this way since the school opened in 1994 with a charter binding the school to reflect the full district’s ethnic demographics.Charter contentionsThat lack of diversity, and high student-teacher ratios are two major issues the Eagle County school district is demanding the charter academy change.The Charter Academy claims it’s working …

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