Northeast Charter Schools Network Connecticut State Director Jeremiah Grace issued a statement today in response to the Connecticut State Department of Education’s report on Family Urban Schools of Excellence (FUSE).
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, January 2, 2014
STATEMENT: Northeast Charter Schools Network on the State's Jumoke/FUSE Report
Hartford, CT – Northeast Charter Schools Network Connecticut State Director Jeremiah Grace issued a statement today in response to the Connecticut State Department of Education’s report on Family Urban Schools of Excellence (FUSE).
"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.
"Nobody feels good about what reportedly happened at FUSE, and it's clear that charter boards need to exercise their proper governance role in Connecticut schools. What transpired at FUSE is sad and disappointing, but it doesn't change the fact that charter schools in Connecticut are working hard to provide students with an education that prepares them to succeed in life. We're pleased the state believes that with hard work Jumoke Academy can overcome its past issues and continue to provide students in the Hartford area with a quality education."
"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 policies will be implemented so that Connecticut children and families can best be served.
"More than 8,000 students are attending charters right now, while nearly 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 our state's charter school law so it helps create better schools without impeding the great work charters are doing. We all 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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