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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.
June 7, 2018
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.
"Undoubtedly, supporters of CMOs will argue that the situation at Path Academy is unique and not characteristic of other CMOs. This contradicts the facts," CEA Research and Policy Development Specialist and Economist Orlando Rodriguez told board members. "The calculation of the service fee for the proposed contract between Stamford Academy and Domus Kids, Inc. violates statutes. Stamford Charter School for Excellence is another example of insufficient accountability and transparency. This charter has a relationship with a CMO in New York City, but the nature of that relationship is not defined. It should interest the board that Stamford Charter School for Excellence pays a 13 percent management fee. To whom? For what services?"
Rodriguez added, "These irregularities are a wake-up call that some of our charter schools have improper relationships with CMOs and/or are poor stewards of taxpayer money. This harms all of the state's K-12 students."
Just three years ago, the State Board of Education was forced to take action against a different charter school and its CMO. An investigative report into Jumoke Academy and FUSE uncovered shocking financial wrongdoing, nepotism, and questionable real estate deals among other practices.
CEA represents teachers at well-run charters that spend taxpayer money to the full benefit of their students. The "service fee" that CMOs require from their charters, however, raises concerns as there is no accountability or transparency for how those taxpayer funds are spent.
Danbury and Ridgefield to Make Up Days Next Year
Also at yesterday's State Board of Education meeting, the board gave waivers from the 180 school day requirement to Danbury and Ridgefield. Because of days lost to recent severe weather, both districts cannot reach the 180 day requirement by June 29.
As the state does not allow districts to hold regular classes in July, the waiver by the State Board grants the districts the ability to make up the missed school days next school year.
Teachers are a selfless group who choose their profession because of a love for children and teaching, not for any expectation of accolades or honors. And that makes those times teachers are recognized and have a chance to be in the spotlight all the more special.
Once again, the Connecticut Education Foundation's Board of Directors invites you to support the Children's Fund by joining Association members and CEA staff at the 25th Annual Hands Across the Green Golf Tournament on Monday, July 15.
Teachers have a lot to say on issues from their pensions to classroom safety this legislative session, which is why local associations around Connecticut are meeting with their legislators and making their voices heard.
Speaking to hundreds of students at Harding High School in Bridgeport today, Governor Ned Lamont encouraged his audience to pursue a career in teaching and be role models for the next generation of students.
Wearing #RedForEd T-shirts, several hundred Waterbury teachers showed their strength as a union, their dedication to their profession, and their value to the community they serve when they packed a March 7 Waterbury Board of Education meeting.
Community schools, minority teacher recruitment and retention, the opportunity gap, and school literacy were just some of the issues members of the legislature's Education Committee heard public input.
"Our students would only benefit from having more opportunities to learn about the culture, struggles, and contributions of African-Americans and Latinos throughout history," Waterbury teacher Sean Mosley told the legislature's Education Committee
"Teachers become teachers because we want to help kids," says Danbury building rep Lori Woodruff. "It's the same with our union—we are here to help each other. As teachers, when we're involved with the union we can do more to help one another."
Connecticut Education Foundation's (CEF) second annual Read Across America Reading Bus Tour kicked off on February 25, featuring a customized blue bus decorated with well-known Dr. Seuss characters and outfitted with bookshelves, benches, carpeting, and hundreds of new books.
At a public hearing of the legislature's Education Committee today, classroom teachers—along with CEA leaders and staff—gave powerful testimony urging lawmakers to address the crisis of violent student behavior in rural, urban, and suburban schools throughout the state.
Teachers, CEA leaders, and staff testified before the Connecticut General Assembly's Black and Puerto Rican Caucus on issues critical to teachers this legislative session. These issues included school climate, classroom safety, the persistent shortage of ethnic minority educators, and funding for public schools.
CEA supports sensible ways of assisting the state in its efforts to make up for decades of underfunding teachers' retirement, including the governor and treasurer's plan to smooth out the state's payments to the fund over a longer period of time and lower the investment earning assumption to a more realistic rate.
"We reject the idea of cutting our way to prosperity. That has never worked," said Connecticut AFL-CIO President Sal Luciano. His remarks came at a press conference yesterday where members of the labor community, including CEA, called on the state to adopt a pro-growth, investment budget.
Project Oceanology and New England Science and Sailing are partnering to offer "Sound Education: Working with NGSS and STEM in Long Island Sound". This is a FREE two-day PD event from April 5 - April 6 for teachers in grades 4-12, with overnight accommodations provided in Project Oceanology's waterfront hostel.
Legislation passed late in 2015 made many "tax extenders" semi-permanent, but there are still a few esoteric items that keep everyone on tenterhooks when, as once again this year, Congress fails to pass the tax bill by the end of the year.
Marks the inauguration of a new governor and the beginning of the 2019 session of the Connecticut General Assembly. It's likely to be a busy session with many issues for legislators to tackle over these next five months.