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"Educator Ann Cronin, thanks the NAACP for speaking truth to power and writes about what charters were supposed to be and how they have failed to fulfill their original promise. Nowhere have they been more disappointing than in Connecticut, where the harsh "no excuses" model prevails. The charters in the Nutmeg State have won generous state funding, thanks to the campaign contributions to Democratic Governor Malloy by hedge fund managers and the OxyContin billionaire Sackler Family. We now have had charter schools in Connecticut for 21 years. Did the 'innovations' created at charter schools inform and improve the public schools that the vast majority of children and adolescents in the U.S. attend? Were charter schools held accountable to address student needs as traditional public schools are required to do? The answer to both is NO!"