Stamford Academy Charter School and Great Oaks Charter School in Bridgeport have been awarded renewals by the Connecticut Board of Education – although for just two years instead of the maximum five.
The Board’s decision was based in part on the two institutions’ relatively poor performances of late. Stamford recently emerged from a one-year probation period due to such factors as generally inferior student performance, persistent student absenteeism and a high level of student suspensions. Great Oaks’ student scores were below Bridgeport’s average in math and reading, and it also had a high level of student suspensions.
The state operates 24 charter schools, including six in Bridgeport, three in Stamford and one in Norwalk.