Bridgeport leads the state in charter schools that operate independently of traditional education districts. The debate rages between charter school supporters who embrace more choices and opponents who declare they suck financial oxygen from local school budgets. One charter in Bridgeport stands to lose $11,250 for each seat unfilled by Oct. 1.
CT Post reporter Linda Conner Lambeck has more:
The city is now home to six charter schools, a half dozen traditional high schools and a smattering of private school choices.
Maybe it’s reputation. The Bridge Academy Charter School struggled enough on the state’s standardized achievement test last year to earn probation, even as it manages a 100 percent college acceptance rate for graduating seniors.
Whatever the reason, one of first state-funded charter schools to open has encountered something for the first time in its 21-year history: unfilled seats.
Licensed to accommodate 280 students in grades seven through twelve, enrollment stands at 266.
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