Path Academy Surrenders Charter, Will Close
The State Board of Education received notice this week that Path Academy, a Windham school run by a charter management organization, will voluntarily surrender its charter. Earlier this spring an investigation by the State Department of Education uncovered troubling practices at the school, including defrauding the state of nearly $1.6 million, billing the state for 128 phantom students, operating unauthorized schools, and tolerating excessive absenteeism.
CEA President Sheila Cohen issued a statement saying, “Path Academy’s voluntary surrender of its charter to operate a charter school in Connecticut is the beginning, not the end of what is needed to ensure that charter schools are held to the same standards as traditional public schools and are forced to operate with public accountability, oversight, and transparency.
“We encourage the state to pursue Path Academy’s charter management organization, Our Piece of the Pie, to recoup the nearly $1.6 million in taxpayer dollars lost to apparent fraud and questionable practices.”