The education pirates: K-12 in deep trouble over California online charters

Purloining public education dollars, by hook or by crook:

A chain of 13 “nonprofit” online charter schools in California must pay the state attorney general an $8.5 million settlement for false advertising, misleading parents and inadequate instruction. An investigation by the San Jose Mercury News is credited with bringing many concerns about underperformance, misrepresentation of enrollment, and other issues to public view in a comprehensive way.

But, starting from the beginning, is the network really nonprofit as state law requires? California Virtual Academies (CAVA) is, according to an investigation, controlled by the for-profit, Virginia-based K12 Inc., which operates in 37 states and reported $651.4 million in revenue for the nine months ending in March of this year.

This is not a "stunning" revelation, it's more of the same evidence that's been piling up for the last 4-5 years. But that hasn't stopped the privatizers in Raleigh from moving forward with these fraudsters:

The State Board of Education on Thursday approved two online charter schools that are eligible to begin enrolling students this fall.

The legislature required the State Board approve two virtual charters for four-year pilot programs.

N.C. Virtual Academy, which is affiliated with K12, Inc., and N.C. Connections Academy, which is working with education conglomerate Pearson, were the only two that applied. They will each be able to enroll up to 1,500 students in their first year.

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Sen Jerry Tillman insisted we

Sen Jerry Tillman insisted we must have virtual schools. Even at that time, there was plenty of evidence these virtual schools don't make the grade in terms of educating children. A K12 Inc school in Pennsylvania had a graduation rate of 6%. How can that possibly help education in NC where our graduation rate is over 80%??

Even the Walton Foundation, which is heavily vested in school privatization, has admitted that kids in virtual schools do so poorly they might as well not be in school at all.

These schools are not in the best interests of North Carolina's kids. Shame on Tillman and the NCGA leadership for throwing our tax dollars away and bringing harm to our kids.