Bush Financial Backer K12 Inc Under Investigation From Florida DOE


This from a joint investigative report from Trevor Aaronson and John O’Connor:

 The Florida Department of Education has launched an investigation of K12, the nation’s largest online educator, over allegations the company uses uncertified teachers and has asked employees to help cover up the practice.

K12 officials asked state-certified teachers to sign class rosters that included students they hadn’t taught, according to documents that are part of the investigation.

In one case, a K12 manager instructed a certified teacher to sign a class roster of more than 100 students. She only recognized seven names on that list.

“I cannot sign off on students who are not my actual students,” K12 teacher Amy Capelle wrote to her supervisor.

“It is not ethical to submit records to the district that are inaccurate.”

The documents suggest K12 may be using uncertified teachers in violation of state law.

K12 Inc is listed as a donor on the website of Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education. It’s fair to speculate that K12 Inc will soon be removed from the website as controversial testing giant Pearson was earlier this year.   Bush’s foundation is currently under fire in Maine for establishing policy to benefit K12 Inc.

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About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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