Get sick, get well
Hang around a ink well
Ring bell, hard to tell
If anything is goin' to sell
-- Bob Dylan

Monday, January 28, 2013

K-12Inc. A sewer of corruption

K-12Inc., the largest and most politically connected of the for-profit on-line learning companies, is at it again. They have been caught up in scandal after scandal, which never seems to keep them from getting lucrative, no-bid contracts with school districts.  The latest horror story emanates from Virginia where dozens of former K-12 employees are claiming that the company uses fraudulent tactics mask the astronomical rates of student turnover within their network of cyber charter schools..

NewsWorks reports that:
The former employees allege that K12-managed schools aggressively recruited children who were ill-suited for the company's model of online education. They say the schools then manipulated enrollment, attendance and performance data to maximize tax-subsidized per-pupil funding.
K12's motivation for manipulating the numbers, according to the suit, was to keep billing traditional public school districts for as many students as possible.
The U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia has denied a request from K12 to dismiss the case. 
A trial could take place this spring.

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