Northeast Charter Schools Network Connecticut State Director, Jeremiah Grace, has released a statement following allegations of misconduct at the Family Urban School of Excellence (FUSE).
For Immediate Release: Sunday, July 20, 2014
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NECSN Calls Allegations Deeply Disturbing
Hartford, CT -- Northeast Charter Schools Network Connecticut State Director, Jeremiah Grace, has released a statement following allegations of misconduct at the Family Urban School of Excellence (FUSE):
"Accountability is a fundamental principle of charter schooling, as it should be with all public enterprises, including public education.
"The most recent allegations of misconduct at FUSE, as reported in the news media, are deeply disturbing and 100% unacceptable. No group or individual should ever obstruct the efforts of law enforcement, particularly when those efforts concern the expenditure of public funds. Those responsible should be held fully accountable for their actions.
"The improper actions of a few should not obscure or denigrate the strong work of educators at Connecticut's other charter schools and the short- and long-term benefits these schools bring to the state. Connecticut’s worst-in-the-nation achievement gap is a crisis that requires all hands on deck.
“Charters are bringing new quality options to some 7,100 students and their families, and the education they provide will help close not only the achievement gap but inequalities in income, job opportunities and quality of life.
"We have proposed serious and significant improvements to Connecticut's charter school laws and regulations that will increase accountability, transparency and flexibility. We commend the state's strong and proactive approach to this situation and we stand ready, with the entire charter school community, to advance this conversation."
About the Northeast Charter Schools Network.
The Northeast Charter Schools Network is a regional advocacy organization for the more than 200 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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