The Colorado League of Charter Schools will present former state Sen. Keith King with its first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award on Friday for his longstanding dedication to improving education for students and families throughout the state of Colorado.
The League will celebrate its 25th anniversary at the annual Colorado Charter School Conference Thursday and Friday at the Denver Marriott Tech Center.
This year, the League will recognize King, the founder and administrator of Colorado Early Colleges, for his substantial contributions over the years for the charter school community.
“We are honored to present Keith King with the League’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award for his life of service, leadership and creative social entrepreneurship," League President Ben Lindquist said in a news release.
“Over time, we hope to identify other candidates for the Lifetime Achievement Award who can stand up to the remarkable precedent that King has set.”
In 2007, King started Colorado Early Colleges, a network of charter schools that has grown to four campuses along the Front Range from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins.
Through innovative legislation that King helped get passed and enacted, Colorado Early Colleges is providing thousands of high school students with the opportunity to take courses for college credit towards two- and four-year undergraduate degrees while earning a high school diploma.
“I am especially proud of my work with the great staff of dedicated employees of Colorado Early Colleges,” King said in the release.
"We have students accomplishing great things because they are believed in and the believe in themselves to be champions. All students can succeed, No exceptions, No excuses.”