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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.

Shaffer Plans Online Ed Bills In 2012


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.

But Republican lawmakers said Shaffer’s request was political and they proposed an alternative – an audit focused on all K-12 schools, rather than narrowly tailored to online programs. That idea was rejected by Democrats.

Grace Hood reported earlier on this decision, and quoted Senator Scott Renfroe, R-Greeley, as saying:

 “Let’s look at the big picture of this and truly audit something that will be useful instead of something that will be used as a political wedge on one form of education,”

EdNews' full article and additional coverage, including a link to the state auditors report, can be found at Education News Colorado. [source: Shaffer plans online ed bills in 2012 ]

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