Don’t Undermine Charter School Accountability

The General Assembly before adjourning their regular session took an important step toward establishing greater transparency and more accountability for schools operated by charter management organizations (CMOs). S.B. 1096, passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, empowers the legislature with final approval of charter schools and requires CMOs to be subject to the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act.

Governor Malloy should sign the bill as passed by the legislature into law.

But attempts by administration officials to strip the FOI and charter approval process provisions of the bill were discovered on the last day of the session during budget “implementer” discussions. That’s when pet projects and sneaky legislative maneuvers -- or “rats” -- are traditionally passed.

Lawmakers will soon go into “special session” to pass implementer bills, putting the charter accountability bill again at risk of manipulation. Ask the governor to refrain from any efforts to dilute or weaken S.B. 1096 and instead sign it into law.

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