From Linda Conner Lambeck, CT Post:
Two state charter schools with less-than-stellar track records were awarded two-year renewals on Wednesday, with the chairman of the state board of education praising the body for holding the independent schools more accountable.
… Great Oaks opened five years ago and serves 400 students in grades 6 through 9. Its student achievement in 2018 was below Bridgeport public school’s proficiency in both math and reading. Its student suspension rate of 26 percent is three times the state average of 6.8 percent and its turnover rate last year was about 25 percent.
Charter schools are state-funded schools that run independent of local control. There are two dozen of them in Connecticut, including six in Bridgeport and three in Stamford. In recent years, the state Department of Education has paid closer attention to the performance and management of them.
Full story here.