Coalition urges Council to expand transparency of DC charter schools

DC Open Government Coalition Legal Committee co-chair Fritz Mulhauser testified Wednesday in favor of legislation that would require more openness in charter schools' business dealings, but stressed the need for broader action so that D.C. taxpayers can know how efficiently and effectively the private nonprofit schools are spending over $600 million dollars a year.

"The board of the KIPP DC schools oversees an annual budget over $200 million," he said, noting that other states such as Massachusetts and Louisiana require charter board members to file financial disclosures that can help guard against biased decisions of the kind that caused two D.C.charters to be shut down last year. Continue…