The State Board of Education today voted unanimously to begin the revocation process for Path Academy Charter, a Windham school run by a charter management organization. An investigation by the State Department of Education has uncovered practices at the school that include defrauding the state of nearly $1.6 million, billing the state for 128 phantom students, operating unauthorized schools, and tolerating excessive absenteeism.
The revocation process is underway, but will not be finalized until a later vote of the state board, which is scheduled to again take up the matter at a meeting June 19.
“The state cannot allow these shocking practices to continue. Our children and their education—as well as state dollars—require protection from fraud and fiscal abuse,” said CEA President Sheila Cohen. “It is unacceptable when charter schools are not held to the same standards as traditional public schools, or are given free reign over public dollars with no public oversight.”
Cohen added, “The legislature must pass stronger laws that govern charter school management companies to ensure that they follow the law, and not defraud the public.”