K-12 Online School Academic Performance


Fri May 11, 2012


Mon March 19, 2012

Overworked and Underpaid? Teacher Staffing at Colorado Virtual Academy

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Enrollment for kids of all ages is booming at Colorado’s 22 full-time multi-district online schools. This year, about $30 million in taxpayer money is expected to go to the largest, Colorado Virtual Academy. The school is free and promotes a more individualized approach to coursework and virtual interaction with Colorado teachers.

But with an estimated 77 cents of every taxpayer dollar the school receives going to its for-profit management company, some former teachers say they were unable live up to the school’s promises. The news comes as Colorado legislators are preparing to introduce a bill that would increase accountability for the quickly expanding online programs.

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Wed February 1, 2012

K12 Inc. Shareholders File Class-Action Lawsuit

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Shareholders of Virginia-based K12 Inc.—which  manages online schools across the country and in Colorado—have filed a class-action lawsuit against the company in U.S. District Court.

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Fri January 6, 2012

Report Finds More Virtual K-12 Students Are Falling Behind

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The number of private companies operating full-time online K-12 schools in Colorado and other states continues to grow. Meantime, student performance is declining. That’s according to a new report by the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado. 

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Tue November 8, 2011

Online K-12 School Audit Request Fails

Brandon Shaffer currently serves as the President of the Colorado Senate. He represents Senate District 17, which includes Longmont, Erie, Lafayette and Louisville.
Colorado State Senate

A request from Democratic Senate President Brandon Shaffer to audit the state’s online K-12 schools has failed to move forward. Members of the Legislative Audit Committee today voted 4 to 4 along party lines to kill the request.

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