Board of Education To Determine Fate of Path Academy Charter School

Angela Dias
June 20, 2018 - 10:39 am

WILLIMANTIC, Conn (WTIC) - The State Board of Education is weighing the fate of the Path Academy Charter School in Willimantic.

The board began the process of revoking the school's charter last month, after officials found irregularities in student records and that the school had unauthorized satellite locations. 

On Tuesday, the Board heard from the school's supporters, including Enid Rey, CEO of Our Piece of the Pie, which manages the school. "I think what this process has done it's helped us learn a difficult lesson. It's helped us learn and reflect on what happens when mistakes are made," she said. "It's given me a new appreciation that, much like our students, when things don't go well, we're looking for a second chance." 

Rodney Alexander with the local chapter of the NAACP also implored the board to consider a second chance. "Students are there voluntarily, because they're asking or looking for a second chance. Our Governor is promoting second chance. Why would the State Board of Education consider dismantling the second chance for our most vulnerable population, which is a young adults between the ages of 17 to 25 years old?" 

The board ultimately put off a decision on revoking the school's charter, but officials say time is of the essence because students need to know where they're going in the fall.