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Comments on New Law Requiring Charter Manager Transparency, Accountability
"Public Act No. 15-239, An Act Concerning Charter Schools, is a game changer for parents, students, educators, and taxpayers. The new law sets Connecticut on a path toward making sure that all schools receiving public dollars are held to the same standards.
"Before the governor took action this morning, our state's 19-year old charter school law was among the weakest in the nation when it came to transparency and oversight. It lacked any mechanism to hold public charter schools or their private charter managers accountable for academic, administrative or financial functions.
"The law, along with recently improved oversight mechanisms implemented by State Department of Education (SDE) Commissioner Dianna Roberge-Wentzell, will go a long way toward strengthening the quality of charter schools. It also provides CMOs and their boosters a shot at restoring the public trust.
"Our members applaud Governor Malloy for taking action to protect the public interest and signing this important legislation into law."
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AFT Connecticut represents approximately 30,000 professionals across the state, including PreK-12 teachers, paraeducators and education support personnel in 29 local and regional school districts. For more information, visit www.aftct.org or follow the labor federation on Twitter at @AFTCT and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/aftct.