Of course there are loopholes in the law… It is called Chapter 5 in Title 14… subheading… “Charter Schools”…
If you give schools total freedom to control all their money and disallow any oversight by anyone, then whatever they do with it, is legal… You gave them the freedom to do that.. Below is the quote:
To that end, this chapter offers members of the community a charter to organize and run independent public schools, free of most state and school district rules and regulations governing public education, as long as they meet the requirements of this chapter, and particularly the obligation to meet measurable standards of student performance. Schools established under this chapter shall be known as “charter schools.”
Consistent with its charter and the provisions of its certificate of incorporation, bylaws or membership agreements, the board of directors of a charter school or schools shall, as to each charter that the board holds, have the power to:
Meaning if any charter feels it needs to have a Mercedes for its head honcho in order to compete with Tower Hill or Sanford, it can do so.
Though what these operators did was immoral and a theft of public funds for private use, they did not break the law… because the law is so poorly written it allows this……
Which is why, we need to fund charters only with line items in the state budget, for then different rules apply and we can try in court and punish those who unlike these… “actually” broke a law….
Title 14, Chapter 5, is very specific: stating that Charters can use the funds anyway they wish and laws preventing such, imposed on public school s by their districts, do not apply to them…..
Which is why it is rather funny that Greg Lavelle said this…. as a charter supporter…. He apparently doesn’t know that is what a charter is.