Investigating K-12 Online Education

An in-depth look by I-News - a Colorado-based nonprofit investigative news collaborative, Education News Colorado, and KUNC at the state’s online K-12 schools. Topics include: online K-12 school performance, state- and district-level oversight, and for-profit Education Management Organizations, such as K12 Inc.

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3:00am

Mon March 19, 2012
Education

Overworked and Underpaid? Teacher Staffing at Colorado Virtual Academy

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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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1:47pm

Wed February 1, 2012
Education

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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