Thursday, February 14, 2013

K12, Inc. Profits and Questions

This is a collection of current and prior postings on K12, Inc.

Last Updated February 14, 2013

In Tennesee, K12, Inc. for-profit school caught deleting bad student grades

By David Edwards Tuesday, February 12, 2013 15:58 EST

A for-profit school that was hyped by Republican lawmakers as a solution to Tennessee’s education problems recently admitted deleting bad grades to “more accurately recognize students’ current progress.”  A December email obtained by WTVF showed that Tennessee Virtual Academy’s vice principal instructed middle school teachers to delete “failing grades” from October and September.

“After … looking at so many failing grades, we need to make some changes before the holidays,” the email says, adding that each teacher needed to “take out the October and September progress [reports]; delete it so that all that is showing is November progress.”


Email Directs Teachers To Delete Bad Grades

Posted: Feb 11, 2013 7:40 PM EST

Nashville News Channel 5 By Phil Williams, Chief Investigative Reporter 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. --  Are leaders of a for-profit public school trying to hide the fact their students are failing?  That's the question that some are asking tonight as a result of an email uncovered by NewsChannel 5 Investigates.

At the center of the controversy is the Tennessee Virtual Academy -- a for-profit, online public school that Republican lawmakers touted as a way to improve education in Tennessee. Two years ago, state lawmakers voted to let K12 Inc. open the school, using millions of taxpayer dollars.  But, now, those lawmakers are concerned about standardized test results that put it among the worst schools in the state.


K12, Inc. in Tennessee: The mission of a business is to make a profit. Read the email yourself.....

Nashville News Channel 5 Feb 11, 2013


Ex-workers claim K12, Inc., operator of cyber-charters played games with enrollment figures

WHYY Newsworks By Benjamin Herold January 21, 2013
Dozens of former employees claim that K12 Inc, a for-profit education company, used dubious and sometimes fraudulent tactics to mask astronomical rates of student turnover in its national network of cyber charter schools.

New York Times: Profits and Questions at Online Charter Schools, 12/12/11 by Stephanie Saul

It's all about the kids......K12 Inc. chief executive Ron Packard paid $5 million compensation package in 2011     12/12/11

K12 Inc.: Churn, baby churn…….May 25, 2012

“There is no reliable evidence that for-profit (cyber) operators provide education that is effective, but there is no question that they are highly effective at turning public tax dollars into private gain."  November 22, 2011


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