Face The State has an interesting story today about possible conflict of interest behind a school district’s attempted lawsuit to get rid of an innovative online public charter school:
An education official involved in a lawsuit against an online charter school and the state school board is acting with conflicted interests, say some of those impacted by the legal action.
Critics charge that Michael Poore, the assistant superintendent for Colorado Springs School District 11 and chairman of Colorado’s Online Learning Advisory Board, faces a conflict when it comes to his district’s legal action against Hope Online Learning Academy and the Colorado State Board of Education.
Specifically, they object to the fact that he has been permitted to craft regulations that govern online programs with learning centers in multiple districts, and then use these regulations to sue Hope and the state board.
â€œHow can [Poore] lead the lawsuit when heâ€™s the one writing the rules?â€ said Lisa Villanueva, director of a Hope learning center in central Colorado Springs.
Check out the whole story. See what the education establishment won’t try to get rid of a competitor that some students and families have chosen as a better option.