According to court documents in the Oaks case, Mr. Barrett accepted $22,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents in 2013 after having accepted $37,500 in cash and checks from two, unnamed county businesspeople in 2011, 2012 and 2013. There is no indication that Mr. Barrett’s activities were related to those that led to former Superintendent Dallas Dance’s indictment this year on allegations that he failed to report tens of thousands of dollars in outside income. Indeed; the chain of events that led to Mr. Barrett’s involvement in the case began before Mr. Dance even applied to be county superintendent. But the coincidence underscores the necessity for the school board to evaluate its oversight of the district and lends support to Gov. Larry Hogan’s call for an inspector general to investigate accusations of wrongdoing in local schools. Opponents’ arguments that local systems are already subject to sufficient oversight are increasingly untenable.