Private company could cash in on online charter school, 6 October 2007, Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah
Utah’s first virtual charter school will mean big opportunities for students and big profit potential for a private company.
K12, a Virginia-based education company, will manage Utah Virtual Academy. In return, it will receive a larger percentage of the Utah charter school’s revenue than it does for schools it operates in several neighboring states, a review of contracts by The Salt Lake Tribune shows.
Like all charter schools, Utah Virtual Academy receives state funding based on the number of students it enrolls. The state’s per pupil spending has been the lowest in the nation since 1988.
Because Utah spends so little, Lori Harmon, one of new charter school’s founders, believes Utah Virtual Academy is justified in giving K12 a higher percentage of its budget to match what schools pay in other states.
“I’m not discounting it’s a lot of money,” she said. “I just think you get what you pay for.”
This article about virtual charter expansion by K12 arrived in my inbox because the last paragraph has the words “home school” in it.
Harmon says K12 has helped her children make far more progress than they did with her as their home school teacher. “I cannot rave enough about it,” she said.
Other articles about Utah’s adding to K12’s coffers are:
- K Inc. to Provide Curriculum and School Services to the New Utah Virtual Academy, K Inc., 13 September 2007
- Online Charter School Approved for 2008, 11 September 2007, KCPW radio
The people who are thrilled about avoiding all that hard work concerning homeschooling weren’t the only ones who noticed the new contract.
- Outrages, Susan Ohanian Speaks Out
Ohanian Comment: One can wonder when a reporter–or anybody involved in spending all this money–will bother to take a look at the curriculum. In research for the Education Policy Research Unit (EPRU) at Arizona State University, I have looked at the K12 curriculum and Gerald Bracey has studied the structure of Knowledge Universe, which owns K12. … The company showed a profit of $3.9 million in 2007. Maybe you can’t fool all of the people all of the time, but K12 proves you can fool enough to make a tidy profit.
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posted by Valerie