A bill that would tighten conflict of interest laws for charter schools passed the state assembly today. It now goes to the California Senate. The law would explicitly require charter school board members to file statements listing their economic interests, mandate that meetings be open and noticed to the public, and require that schools follow the Public Records Act. It is meant to settle disputes over which rules apply to charter schools.
For more on the bill and its potential impact, check out this blog post I wrote earlier in the year, or this article from the open government nonprofit Californians Aware.