William Bethke, Board Member
William Bethke is a founding partner of Kutz & Bethke, LLC, and Cottonwood Charter Consulting LLC. Bill has practiced as a civil rights attorney, labor arbitrator and education law attorney, principally in Colorado, since 1978. He has represented and provided strategic guidance to charter schools since 1994, participating in the founding of multiple charters. Bill was a founder of Rocky Mountain Deaf School and Global Village Academy, where his granddaughter attends the Mandarin immersion program. Bill has been instrumental in the development of charter school law in Colorado, whether through administrative appeals, litigation, shaping regulation, contract negotiation, or influencing legislation. Bill helped draft the Charter School Collaborative Act, which creates one public form for Colorado multi-school networks; the Emergency Powers Act, which directs certain charter disputes to the State Commissioner of Education; and the statute authorizing charters to create public preschools, among others. In 2013, Kutz & Bethke represented 65 Colorado charters or networks. Bill originated a course in Disability Law at the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver, which he taught from 1995 to 2005. He is the past president of the governing boards of the Colorado League of Charter Schools and Aspen Center for Autism. He serves on the advisory board of the Alliance of Public Charter School Attorneys, and the governing board of the New America Schools, a Colorado school network serving young adult immigrants. Bill is a 1975 graduate of Colorado State University and 1978 graduate of the Yale Law School.