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. Read more
CEA’s Orlando Rodriguez raised concerns about the contract between Stamford Academy and its CMO at yesterday’s State Board of Education meeting.
CEA has repeatedly drawn attention to the lack of financial accountability and oversight for charter management organizations (CMOs) in Connecticut. Despite concerns raised by CEA at yesterday’s State Board of Education meeting about the exceedingly high rates of chronic absenteeism at Stamford Academy and the questionable fees charged by its CMO, the board went ahead with a renewal of the contract between the charter and its CMO, Domus Kids, Inc.
This is the not the first Connecticut charter school run by a CMO to face concerns over its operating procedures. Just last month, the State Board of Education began the revocation process for Path Academy Charter in Windham after the State Department of Education uncovered shocking practices at the school that include defrauding the state of nearly $1.6 million, billing the state for 128 phantom students, operating unauthorized schools, and tolerating excessive absenteeism. Read more