Charter Association Decries "Missed Opportunities" in Charter School Accountability Bill

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The Connecticut General Assembly today passed S.B. 1096, which codifies a number of existing processes around charter school accountability.
 
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 2, 2015 
Contact: Michael Shulansky, 860-922-4595mshulansky@necharters.org
 
CHARTER ASSOCIATION DECRIES “MISSED OPPORTUNITIES” IN CHARTER SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY BILL
 
Hartford, CT – The Connecticut General Assembly today passed S.B. 1096, which codifies a number of existing processes around charter school accountability. 
 
Jeremiah Grace, Connecticut State Director for the Northeast Charter Schools Network said:
 
“Lawmakers have missed an opportunity to meaningfully improve the state’s charter law. During last summer’s controversy, we joined a chorus of voices calling for an update to the nearly 20-year-old law. Almost a year later, the final bill is a mish-mosh of proposals that collectively fail to move the needle.
 
“Accountability is in the DNA of charter schools—if we don’t perform, we close. But that accountability comes in exchange for greater flexibility to innovate and grow. Unfortunately, this bill only addresses the first half of that bargain, creating more responsibility for schools without the conditions they need to thrive.
 
“We support measures like mandatory conflict of interest and anti-nepotism policies, background checks, and clear goals for student performance—all of which are already in existing practice. We do not support measures that unfairly target non-profit charter support organizations with harassing document requests and public smear campaigns.
 
Nor do we support the creation of an unnecessary “'initial certificate of approval' process for new charter schools that only erodes the State Board of Education’s authority to make educational decisions outside the politics of the statehouse.”
 
About the Northeast Charter Schools Network: The Northeast Charter Schools Network is a regional membership organization for the more than 250 charter schools in Connecticut and New York. Its mission is to support and expand high quality charter schools in the region.
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