We have seen how privately managed charter schools are exempt from transparency and accountability, thanks to the big bucks that pave their way.

But Utah is considering a new low for preferential treatment of charters. Utah legislators are discussing whether charters should have the power of eminent domain, to seize private properties for their own use.

Two conservative principles are at odds on this issue. First, Republicans have a high regard for property rights. Second, Republicans have in recent years become the party of privatization. So, who wins? Property rights or charter schools?

Consider the homeowner who opens his mail to discover that a corporate charter chain is taking charge of his home and he has 30 days to vacate the premises.