Is there transparency regarding educational service providers?
Minnesota law specifies that charters may contract with outside entities to manage all or some aspects of the school.
The state department authorizer application and approval process requires all authorizers to have evaluation criteria for any educational service provider arrangements, but it does not specify the specific criteria.
The law requires the charter contract to include the terms of the school operations, including any educational service provider arrangements.
Minnesota law requires charter schools’ annual audits to include a copy of all charter school agreements for corporate management services and include detail the terms of the agreement, including the services provided and the annual costs for those services.
The law prohibits an individual from serving as a member of the charter school board of directors if the individual, an immediate family member, or the individual's partner is a full or part owner or a principal with a for-profit or nonprofit entity or independent contractor with whom the charter school contracts, directly or indirectly, for professional services, goods, or facilities. The law prohibits an individual from serving as a board member if an immediate family member is an employee of the school. The law provides that a violation of this prohibition renders a contract voidable at the option of the commissioner or the charter school board of directors and that a member of a charter school board of directors who violates this prohibition is individually liable to the charter school for any damage caused by the violation. The law prohibits authorizers from serving on the boards of their schools.
The law provides that contractors providing facilities, goods, or services to a charter school cannot serve on the board of directors of the charter school.
According to the law, all teachers employed or contracted to work within charter schools must be certified, with background checks being a required aspect of that.