Many of the laws that regulate charter schools do not go far enough to prevent conflicts of interest, according to a report released by Bruce Baker and Gary Miron of the National Education Policy Center.
Board-selection processes can lead to conflicts of interest for both for-profit and nonprofit charter management organizations, the report argues. That’s because board members may stand to profit from the acquisition of public resources—such as land, buildings, and equipment—from the boards and districts with which they work.
The higher cost of debt for charters and lax oversight of these often-complex deals, the report says, have previously led to some agreements in which third-party managers bought property, then charged the charter school high rental fees that were indirectly passed on to taxpayers.
A version of this article appeared in the May 18, 2016 edition of Education Week as Charter Schools