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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. Read more

Despite Concerns, State Board of Ed Renews Charter School Contract

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

State Board of Ed Moves Forward With Revoking Path Academy Charter

The State Board of Education today voted unanimously to begin the revocation process for Path Academy Charter, a Windham school run by a charter management organization. An investigation by the State Department of Education has uncovered 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.

The revocation process is underway, but will not be finalized until a later vote of the state board, which is scheduled to again take up the matter at a meeting June 19.

“The state cannot allow these shocking practices to continue. Our children and their education—as well as state dollars—require protection from fraud and fiscal abuse,” said CEA President Sheila Cohen. “It is unacceptable when charter schools are not held to the same standards as traditional public schools, or are given free reign over public dollars with no public oversight.”

Cohen added, “The legislature must pass stronger laws that govern charter school management companies to ensure that they follow the law, and not defraud the public.”

Read more about today’s vote.