Statement from CEA President Sheila Cohen on the Annenberg Report
CEA President Sheila Cohen says a new report about charter schools raises fundamental questions about access, equity, and accountability in public education.
The report from the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University features a comprehensive set of standards that — if adopted by state legislatures — would promote greater transparency and oversight of charter schools and their management companies. The standards also address equal opportunity in an effort to better ensure that charter schools serve all members of their local communities.
“This report is a must read for state legislators and other policymakers, parents, educators, and communities,” says Cohen. “With the rapid growth of charter schools, it’s time to update state charter laws, regulations and oversight. The Annenberg report underscores a range of critical issues—from the flow of funding and cumulative impact of charter schools on traditional school districts to the need for all teachers to be licensed and credentialed.”
CEA applauds the work of the Annenberg Institute and urges Connecticut legislators to consider the report’s legislative recommendations when the legislature convenes in January. Although the Connecticut State Department of Education recently issued a report committing to better enforcing charter management oversight laws already on the books, Annenberg’s legislative recommendations offer innovative solutions that would better ensure quality, accessibility, transparency, and accountability of public dollars.