K-12 Online School Oversight

3:00am

Mon March 19, 2012
Education

Overworked and Underpaid? Teacher Staffing at Colorado Virtual Academy

Screencap of the Colorado Virtual Academy homepage
www.k12.com/cova

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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8:34am

Wed January 11, 2012
Education

EdNews: Online Bill Still Being Crafted

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 bill proposing changes in funding and regulation of online schools could be ready for introduction in a couple of weeks, but the details are still being hammered out, Senate President Brandon Shaffer says.

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6:52pm

Fri January 6, 2012
Education

Report Finds More Virtual K-12 Students Are Falling Behind

Creative Commons

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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8:06am

Wed November 9, 2011
Education

Shaffer Plans Online Ed Bills In 2012

KUNC

Colorado’s top senator says he’ll introduce legislation to “rein in” online schools after his request for an online education audit was rejected Tuesday on a party-line vote by the Legislative Audit Committee. "I am very disappointed Republicans chose to make this into a partisan issue, instead of simply doing the right thing," said Senate President Brandon Shaffer, D-Longmont.

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1:39pm

Tue November 8, 2011
Education

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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