Saving the school

MESA COUNTY, Colo. The Mesa Valley Vision Home and Community Program started in 2008 as a hybrid between homeschooling and public school education.

But when new laws threatened to shut down the school, families scrambled to find a solution.

400 plus students attend Mesa Valley Vision right now and starting in the 2014 - 2015 school year, they'll be attending Mesa Valley Community School - the district's third official charter school.

"The charter school gave us that independence," says interim director of the school, Laurajean Downs. "There's lot's of different kinds of charter schools and we're just one other different kind."

Students at Valley Vision can participate in all of the perks that come with a regular public school education including scholastic sports and AP courses.

With this new charter school classification they can now apply for waivers and grants they were unable to get previously and they hope it will help them get a new facility soon.

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