Yesterday the North Carolina State Board of Education voted to grant additional charters to Baker Mitchell, who has collected over $16 million in last five years to run three charters.

Today, Lindsay Wagner of NC Policy Watch reports that Mitchell’s schools are under federal investigation.

Mitchell is on the board of the John Locke Foundation, a libertarian foundation that advocates for charters and is funded by Art Pope, the multi- millionaire state budget director. Bill Moyers recently featured Pope in a documentary about his role in the far-right takeover of the legislature.

Mitchell also serves on the State Charter Advisory Board.