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July 21, 2014

D.C. Charter Board Member a Contractor for School Network

A member of the Washington, D.C., body with oversight over charter schools has a $195,000 consulting contract with a nonprofit string of charters, according to The Washington Post.

Barbara Nophlin received $85,000 last year under her deal with Friendship Public Charter School network, according a list of contracts posted on the D.C. Public Charter School Board's website. She disclosed the connection before Washington Mayor Vincent C. Gray nominated her to the panel last year.

Ms. Nophlin said she recuses herself from board discussions about Friendship. Other members work for nonprofits that advise or make grants to charters, which are publicly funded but privately run.

Scott Pearson, the board's executive director, said Ms. Nophlin's contract does not violate a city law that prohibits members of the board from being employees of charter schools, but the board has referred the matter to the city's ethics commission for an advisory opinion.