Will Connecticut Open Two New Charters? Now It’s Up to Legislators

Representatives from the Danbury Prospect Charter School discuss their proposal with the State Board of Education. The State Board of Education today voted to give preliminary approval to two new charter schools, but those charters can only open if they can convince legislators to fund them. In past years, charter schools that had applications approved…

Despite Concerns, State Board of Ed Renews Charter School Contract

CEA has repeatedly drawn attention to the lack of financial accountability and oversight for charter management organizations (CMOs) in Connecticut. Despite concerns raised by CEA at yesterday’s State Board of Education meeting about the exceedingly high rates of chronic absenteeism at Stamford Academy and the questionable fees charged by its CMO, the board went ahead…

State Board of Education Acts on Teachers’ Concerns: Rejects Charter Expansion

The State Board of Education today listened to teachers’ concerns about fairness in education funding and responded by rejecting increases in enrollment for three charter schools that would have cost the state $627,000. At a time when state budget cuts are currently hurting students and teachers at neighborhood public schools, CEA President Sheila Cohen said…

Charter Discriminates, Penalizes Needy Public School Children

The following op-ed by CEA President Sheila Cohen appeared in the print edition of the Hartford Courant, July 30, 2017.  Every parent and student in Connecticut should be outraged over the continued lack of oversight and special benefits provided to charter schools in Connecticut — to the detriment of more than 500,000 students in the state’s public…

Charter Management Organizations Cheating Students and Wasting Connecticut Taxpayer Dollars

Using millions of Connecticut taxpayer dollars meant to educate children, charter management organizations (CMOs) are lining their own pockets. According to a shocking new report detailing the financial data of Connecticut charter schools, some CMOs are profiting from state taxpayer dollars allocated for students, with little or no oversight or transparency as to how the…

NAACP Approves Charter School Moratorium Resolution, Calls for Transparency & Accountability

The NAACP this weekend ratified a resolution calling for a moratorium on charter school expansion. The organization sees significant problems with the lack of oversight and accountability of many charter schools and fears some charters are intensifying segregation. A statement from the organization reads as follows. We are calling for a moratorium on the expansion…