You Tube update: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFTNQ1PAMiY&feature=youtu.be
UPDATE after the bump
With an FBI investigation underway of an affiliated virtual charter school network in Pennsylvania affiliated with K12 Inc a National Education Policy Center report urged states to “curb the growth of virtual charters until they demonstrate dramatically improved academic results.” From reporter Ian Quillen in Education Week:
The National Education Policy Center has renewed its call for states to curb the growth of full-time virtual schools until they can demonstrate dramatically improved academic results.
“Understanding and Improving Virtual Schools,” released Wednesday, stems from an analysis of federal and state data sets for revenue, expenditures, and student performance across the 59 full-time virtual schools run by Herndon, Va.-based K12 Inc., the nation’s largest for-profit online learning provider, according to a press release from NEPC, a nonprofit research organization based in Boulder, Colo.
Among the key conclusions of that analysis is that students in virtual schools run by K12 are performing worse academically and dropping out of courses at much higher rates than their brick-and-mortar counterparts.
Computer-assisted learning has tremendous potential,” said Gary Miron, the lead author of the study, an NEPC fellow, and a professor at Western Michigan University, in a press release. “But at present, our research shows that virtual schools such as those operated by K12 Inc. are not working effectively. States should not grow full-time virtual schools until they have evidence of success. Most immediately, we need to better understand why the performance of these schools suffers and how it can be improved.”
A financial backer of Jeb Bush’s foundations, K12 Inc. has contracts with 39 Florida districts. If February, the Florida Board of Education overruled its own commission’s recommendations to deny two K12 Inc charters. In late January, K12 Inc was slapped with a class-action suit “for making false statements to investors.”
UPDATE: The Board of Education overruled Palm Beach County’s rejection of another K12 Inc school yesterday.