Charter School Choice
Do state statutes allow for charter schools?
Are for-profit charters allowed?
Charter schools must be organized as non-profits.
Is there a cap on the number of charter schools?
Are charters required to provide transportation for any students?
The local or regional board of education of the school district in which the charter school is located shall provide transportation services for students of the charter school who reside in such school district pursuant to section 10-273a unless the charter school makes other arrangements for such transportation. Any local or regional board of education may provide transportation services to a student attending a charter school outside of the district in which the student resides and, if it elects to provide such transportation, shall be reimbursed pursuant to section 10-266m for the reasonable costs of such transportation.
Can charter schools employ uncertified teachers?
At least one half of the teachers must have a teacher certification. The Commissioner of Education may waive this requirement, but even with this exception, at least 30% of educators must be certified.
Virtual School Choice
Do state statutes allow for full-time virtual schools?
Sec. 17a-37.(b) Establishment of school district in the Department of Children and Families. Unified School District #2. states that, "The superintendent of the school district shall have the power to (1) establish and maintain within the Department of Children and Families such schools of different grades as he may from time to time require and deem necessary . . ."
According to a powerpoint presentation from the Department of Children and Families (Legislative Briefing February 4, 2016), 17a-37(b) gives the superintendent the power to open virtual academies.
Are virtual schools required to track attendance?
Do virtual schools have to comply with state teacher certification requirements?
Private School Choice
Do state statutes allow for voucher programs?
No voucher programs found.
Do state statutes allow for educational expense tax credits or deductions?
No educational expense tax credits or deductions found.
Can students use vouchers to attend religious schools?
Is there a cap on the number of students or private schools participating in voucher programs?
Are voucher students in private schools required to take any standardized tests?
Can private schools be removed from voucher programs based on performance?
Are private schools in voucher programs required to provide transportation?
Interdistrict School Choice
Do state statutes allow for interdistrict choice?
There is voluntary interdistrict and intradistrict choice across the state and mandatory interdistrict choice in four cities (Hartford, Bridgeport, New Haven, New London).