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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2:36am

Sun October 2, 2011
Education

Online Education: Churning & Turning

Florence High School junior Laura Johnson, 17, works on a computer between classes at the school on Tues, May 24, 2011 at FHS in Florence, CO. Johnson left FHS for the GOAL Academy online school, but returned after a semester with no credits earned.
Joe Mahoney iNews

Colorado taxpayers will spend $100 million this year on online schools that are largely failing their elementary and high school students, state education records and interviews with school officials show.

The money includes millions in tax dollars that are going to K-12 online schools for students who are no longer there.

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1:55pm

Tue September 27, 2011
Education

Senate President Calls for Emergency Audit of Online K-12 Schools

Colorado lawmakers are directing auditors to map out how they would assess the state’s online K-12 schools. Democratic Senate President Brandon Shaffer is expressing concerns over student failure rates at the schools.

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