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.