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Further Evidence of the Need for Charter Reform

An article in today’s Times about charter schools across the state details the questionable financial dealings and conflicts of interest of some charters — further evidence of the need for greater accountability and transparency.

The problems underscore what many critics say is New York’s weak system for policing how charter schools, which are publicly financed but privately run, spend money.

Charters, for example, are not specifically prohibited by state law from hiring their own board members or employees as consultants. While the state comptroller’s office — the government’s fiscal watchdog — can audit public schools, it is barred by a court ruling from examining charter schools.