A Connecticut school is giving up its charter.
On Tuesday, the State Board of Education (SBE) and the Connecticut Department of Education (CSDE) announced that Path Academy is planning on giving up its charter to operate as a charter school in the state.
In May, the SBE voted to begin the charter revocation process due to “several significant areas of concern regarding the operation of the school, including evidence indicating discrepancies in student records and enrollment, operating unauthorized satellite schools, and the implementation of unauthorized school policies.”
Path Academy’s decision comes prior to the SBE’s deadline to vote on approving revocation or allowing the school to continue operating under CSDE conditions.
“Now that Path Academy has surrendered its charter and will cease operations for the upcoming school year, our highest priority is, as it has always been, ensuring the well-being of the students formerly served by Path and providing them with the best possible options for an uninterrupted transition to continuing their education,” said Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell. “We are committed to doing everything necessary to place these students in learning environments that meet their unique academic needs and position them to grow, thrive and succeed.”
Connecticut Education Association President released the following statement on the decision:
“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 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.”
CSDE is now working to provide placement supports for students and to help identify the best options for completing high school. Additionally, CSDE is “exploring an alternative approach” with the Windham school district and Path’s charter management organization, Our Piece of the Pie.