Denver's Cole Middle School was one of the worst-performing schools in the state, with four straight years of "unsatisfactory" CSAP scores. Then the Colorado Board of Education took action by closing the school and reopening it as a charter. It was the first time the board forced any school to close. Now called Cole College Prep, the school is still state funded, but it's operated by the non-profit Knowledge is Power Program, or KIPP. Amy Anderson is a senior associate with the consulting firm Augenblick, Palaich and Associates. She talks to Dan Meyers about Cole's first year as a charter school.
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