Northeast Charter Schools Network Statement on Connecticut SDE's New Charter Oversight Standards

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The Northeast Charter Schools Network issued a statement today in response to the Connecticut State Department of Education’s new charter school oversight regulations.
 
For Immediate Release: August 11, 2014
Contact: Jessica Mokhiber, (518) 573-0516, jmokhiber@necharters.org
 
Northeast Charter Schools Network Statement on Connecticut SDE’s New Charter Oversight Standards
 
Hartford, CT – The Northeast Charter Schools Network issued a statement today in response to the Connecticut State Department of Education’s new charter school oversight regulations.
 
Northeast Charter Schools Network Connecticut State Director Jeremiah Grace said, "People who know the facts know that the vast majority Connecticut's charters are playing by the rules, providing good schools, giving parents choice and strengthening their communities. These schools don't need any more red tape, but they will comply just as they comply with hundreds of other state accountability, transparency and equity laws.
 
"There is no question Connecticut's charter law needs to be modernized, which is why we've advanced an aggressive list of improvements. We look forward to working with the state to learn more about how these new state policies will be implemented and welcome a conversation about additional ways we can strengthen Connecticut's charter law, which currently ranks 33rd out of 43.
 
"More than 8,000 students will attend charters this fall, while some 4,000 more sit on waiting lists hoping for new slots to open. These children, their families and their communities are looking for state leaders to find ways to strengthen the law so it helps create better schools without impeding the great work charters are doing. State leaders need to make sure these children and children like them can continue to receive a great education in charter schools and every other kind of public school.”
 
About the Northeast Charter Schools Network:
 The Northeast Charter Schools Network is a regional advocacy organization for the more than 200 charter schools in New York and Connecticut. Its mission is to support and expand high quality charter schools in the region.
 
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