Malloy says he won’t support charter school moratorium

Gov. Dannel Malloy

Gov. Dannel Malloy

HARTFORD, Conn. – A day after a public hearing on a bill that would place a two-year moratorium on new charter schools, Democratic Gov. Dannel P Malloy said he wouldn’t support it.

“I wouldn’t support a moratorium of the creation of any kind of public school,” Malloy said Friday at an unrelated press conference.

The governor took a firm stance against a legislative initiative to slow the growth of charter schools in the state following a scandal at a now-defunct charter management organization, the Family Urban School of Excellence (FUSE). That charter organization ran schools in Hartford and sought to operate a school in Bridgeport when it was reported that the head of the organization had been convicted of embezzlement and didn’t hold a doctorate, contrary to how he portrayed himself on his resume.

The legislature’s Education Committee filed a bill last week that seeks to repeal a portion of the general statutes governing charter schools and specifically would require the state Board of Education to halt the approval of new charter schools after July 1, “until the Commission[er] of Education develops a comprehensive statewide charter school plan and conducts a review of charter schools in existence.”

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