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Charter Board vote allows Arizona lawmaker to cash in

Posted at 1:57 PM, Sep 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-11 16:57:34-04

A state legislator who owns a charter school is poised for a payday after the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools approved the transfer of his for-profit charter-school chain to a newly formed non-profit company.

The Arizona Republic reports the vote will let state Rep. Eddie Farnsworth sell for-profit Benjamin Franklin Charter School's four campuses- paid for with state tax dollars - to the non-profit company for between $11.8 million and $29.9 million, according to Charter Board records.
Farnsworth also will retain nearly $3.8 million in "shareholder equity" in the for-profit company, and could receive a management contract to continue operating the schools.