Motoko Rich writes in the New York Times about the terrible results obtained by online charter schools. She focuses on the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, whose founder has become very wealthy thanks to taxpayer money and the friendship of reformers such as Governor JohnKasich and the GOP legislators in Ohio. Founder William Lager has been very generous to his friends who hold elected office.

 

A terrific business. A lousy education.

 

Five years ago, the New York Times ran a superb expose of online charters, pointing out that they are very profitable but basically scams that rip off taxpayers.

 

In 2011, the Washington Post published an excellent expose of Michael Milken’s K12 Inc, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

 

 

For-profit virtual charter corporations are a cynical business that exploits children and does not have educate them. It demands full state tuition to provide home schooling plus a “teacher” on a monitor.

 

I wrote about the online charter fraud in my 2013 book “Reign of Error.”

 

Numerous studies have concluded that these schools have startlingly high attrition rates, large “class” sizes, low wages, high teacher turnover, and their students very little.

 

The latest study, by CREDO, found that students lost 180 days of instruction in math for every year of 180 days in a virtual charter.

 

Bill Phillis of the Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy wrote about today’s article in the Times and pointed out that ECOT has received nearly $1 billion in public funding since 2002.

 

Frankly, these fake schools should be investigated by authorities, monitored, and limited to students who are unable to attend school. They should exist only as public institutions, not profit-making corporations.

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Jeb Bush’s Friends are Cashing in on Kids – Cashing in on Kids

Jeb Bush’s Friends are Cashing in on Kids

Emails between the Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE), founded and chaired by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and conservative state education officials show that the foundation is writing state education laws and regulations in ways that could benefit its corporate funders. Further, two former aides from Jeb Bush’s time as governor formed Meridian Strategies, a lobbying firm that has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE).



The emails, obtained through public records requests, reveal that the organization, sometimes working through its Chiefs For Change affiliate, wrote and edited laws, regulations and executive orders, often in ways that improved profit opportunities for the organization’s financial backers. Education Week has referred to Bush as the “godfather” of Chiefs for Change, an alliance of conservative state superintendents and education department directors with significant authority over purchasing and policy in their states.



Education has the potential to be an enormous business opportunity and corporate America is looking for a way in. In 2010 Rupert Murdoch, who now has a growing education division called Amplify, said recently that “[w]hen it comes to K through 12 education, we see a $500 billion sector in the U.S.” Amplify is one of FEE’s corporate donors.



The emails conclusively reveal that FEE staff acted to promote their corporate funders’ priorities, and demonstrate the dangerous role that corporate money plays in shaping our education policy. Correspondence in Florida, New Mexico, Maine, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and Louisiana paint a graphic picture of corporate money distorting democracy.



“These emails show a troubling link between Jeb Bush's effort to lobby for ‘reforms’ through his statewide Foundation for Florida's Future, his national Foundation for Excellence in Education, and the powerful corporations who want access to billions of our tax dollars by reshaping public education policies just to create markets for themselves – none of which is in the best interest of our children,” said Kathleen Oropeza, a Florida parent.



You can read Maine’s Portland Press Herald reporter Colin Woodard’s award-winning investigative series, Special Report: The profit motive behind virtual schools in Maine here.



To read the emails, please visit: http://www.inthepublicinterest.org/node/2747

K12 Inc. (LRN) Hits New 52-week Low During September 26 Session – Equities.com Global Financial Community

K12 Inc. (LRN) Hits New 52-week Low During September 26 Session

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K12 Inc. (LRN) established a new 52-week low yesterday, and could be a company to watch at the open. After opening at $16.39, K12 Inc. dropped to $16.34 for a new 52-week low. By the closing bell, the company's stock was at $16.54 a share for a gain of 0.92%.

Falling to a new 52-week low is never fun for company's shareholder, but, depending on who you ask, it can be either a buy or a sell signal. Someone bearish on the stock might see it reaching its lowest price in a year as a sign of growing downward momentum and make sure they sell their shares. Bulls, though, are more likely to see a new 52-week low as the stock hitting its low point and anticipate a bounce in the share price.

However one plays it, it's often a critical moment for any stock and should be noted by investors.

K12 Inc. saw 222,217 shares of its stock trade hands, that's out of 38,411,114 shares outstand. The stock has an average daily volume of 505,984 shares. After hitting a new 52-week low, K12 Inc. enters the new trading day with a market cap of 635,319,826, a 50-day SMA of $20.00 and a 200-day SMA of $21.85.

For a full analysis of K12 Inc., check out Equities.com's E.V.A. report.

K12 Inc is a technology-based education company. It offers proprietary curriculum and educational services created for online delivery to students in kindergarten through 12th grade, or K-12.

K12 Inc. has 4200 employees, is led by CEO Nathaniel A. Davis, and makes its home in Herndon,VA.

K12 Inc. is also a component of the Russell 2000 Index, which is generally viewed as the most reliable indicator of the health of the broader small-cap market. Using a rules-based methodology, it creates a simple, unbiased view of how America's stable of smaller publicly traded companies are performing in the stock markets.

The index consists of the 2,000 smallest companies of the 3,000 largest publicly-traded companies in the country as judged by market cap. It's constructed by Russell Investments, which also builds and maintains the Russell 3000 (an index consisting of all 3,000 biggest companies by market cap) and the large-cap Russell 1000 (which has the 1,000 largest companies from the Russell 3000).

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    K12 (LRN) Scheduled to Post Quarterly Earnings on Thursday

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    K12 (NYSE:LRN) is scheduled to issue its Q414 quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 14th. Analysts expect the company to announce earnings of $0.21 per share and revenue of $221.04 million for the quarter.

    Shares of K12 (NYSE:LRN) traded up 0.54% on Wednesday, hitting $22.31. The stock had a trading volume of 145,293 shares. K12 has a 1-year low of $17.15 and a 1-year high of $38.14. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $22.92 and a 200-day moving average of $22.63. The company has a market cap of $865.2 million and a P/E ratio of 91.32.

    On the ratings front, analysts at Stifel Nicolaus downgraded shares of K12 from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 5th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $31.50.

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    Profiteers Circle Schools | Diane Ravitch’s blog

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    A site to discuss better education for all

    A reader discovered the agenda for a big conference of equity investors, technology corporations, and supportive foundations.

    A high-level official of the U.S. Department of Education will be there too.

    Folks, read the agenda.

    Public education is up for grabs.

    Lots of corporations are licking their chops.

    This is scary.

    Remember reading about “the Great Barbecue,” in the late nineteenth century?

    That’s when greedy men plundered the public treasury. .

    Are the public schools now on the spit?

    So much money, all guaranteed by the government.

    Now we will see how entrepreneurs reform our schools and get rich too.

    The reader writes:

    Yep, there’s money to be made . . .

    and Jeb is there to give the April 18th keynote . . .

    Check out this agenda for the 2013 Education Summit in Arizona.

    http://edinnovation.asu.edu/accommodations/[2]

    The April 17th panel at 4:35 p.m. will include Ron Packard (of K12 Inc.) and other profiteers discussing, “A Class of Their Own: From Seed to Scale in a Decade: What Does it take for an Education Company to Reach $$$1Billion?”

    Check out the who’s who list of CEOs and their elected friends networking to the online charter school profits. The Trojan horse philanthropists , Gates and Milken, will be there too.http://edinnovation.asu.edu[3]

    I wonder what they will discuss in the session . . . .

    “The Fall of the Wall: Capital Flows to Education: What sectors and companies are attracting investment?”

    Margaret Thatcher may have been a milk snatcher . . but don’t let Jeb fool you, he is poised to take it all . . and give it to his CEO buddies.

    K12 Upgraded by Zacks to Neutral (LRN)

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    K12 (NYSE:LRN) was upgraded by Zacks from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a note issued to investors on Wednesday, AR Network reports. The firm currently has a $23.20 price objective on the stock. Zacks‘ price target points to a potential upside of 2.52% from the stock’s previous close.

    Shares of K12 (NYSE:LRN) traded down 0.71% on Wednesday, hitting $22.47. The stock had a trading volume of 165,275 shares. K12 has a 52 week low of $17.15 and a 52 week high of $38.14. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $21.84 and a 200-day moving average of $24.74. The company has a market cap of $889.9 million and a price-to-earnings ratio of 188.58.

    K12 (NYSE:LRN) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, February 4th. The company reported $0.36 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the analysts’ consensus estimate of $0.32 by $0.04. The company had revenue of $223.90 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $222.91 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.24 earnings per share. K12′s revenue was up 8.7% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts predict that K12 will post $0.83 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

    Separately, analysts at Morgan Stanley reiterated an “overweight” rating on shares of K12 in a research note on Wednesday, February 5th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the stock. K12 has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $29.20.

    K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN) is a technology-based education company.

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    K12′s “Overweight” Rating Reaffirmed at Morgan Stanley (LRN)

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    K12 (NYSE:LRN)‘s stock had its “overweight” rating reiterated by investment analysts at Morgan Stanley in a note issued to investors on Wednesday, Analyst Ratings Network reports.

    The analysts wrote, “While 2014 has turned out to be disappointing, we view it as a bridge year towards a more solid 2015. We continue to believe funding will improve thanks to stabilizing state budgets while management will continue to focus on cutting costs. We arrive at a price target of $29 (vs. $30 previously) using a DCF-based valuation methodology, which suggests significant upside from current levels.”

    LRN has been the subject of a number of other recent research reports. Analysts at Zacks downgraded shares of K12 from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research note to investors on Tuesday, January 21st. They now have a $21.50 price target on the stock. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. K12 has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $28.92.

    K12 (NYSE:LRN) traded up 1.28% during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $20.509. The stock had a trading volume of 209,022 shares. K12 has a 52 week low of $17.15 and a 52 week high of $38.14. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $21.9 and its 200-day moving average is $25.37. The company has a market cap of $814.6 million and a price-to-earnings ratio of 43.64.

    K12 (NYSE:LRN) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, February 4th. The company reported $0.36 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.32 by $0.04. The company had revenue of $223.90 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $222.91 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.24 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.7% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that K12 will post $0.83 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

    K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN) is a technology-based education company.

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    K12 (LRN) Set to Announce Quarterly Earnings on Tuesday

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    K12 (NYSE:LRN) is set to announce its earnings results on Tuesday, February 4th. Persons interested in participating in the company’s earnings conference call can do so using this link.

    K12 (NYSE:LRN) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, November 7th. The company reported ($0.13) EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of ($0.14) by $0.01. The company had revenue of $228.40 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $227.22 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.11 earnings per share. K12′s revenue was up 3.3% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts expect K12 to post $0.81 EPS for the current fiscal year and $1.01 EPS for the next fiscal year.

    K12 (NYSE:LRN) opened at 21.95 on Monday. K12 has a 52-week low of $17.15 and a 52-week high of $38.14. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $21.95 and a 200-day moving average of $25.63. The company has a market cap of $871.9 million and a price-to-earnings ratio of 47.76.

    LRN has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Analysts at Zacks downgraded shares of K12 from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research note to investors on Tuesday, January 21st. They now have a $21.50 price target on the stock. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $28.92.

    K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN) is a technology-based education company.

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    K12 Chairman Purchases $73,275 in Stock (LRN)

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    K12 (NYSE:LRN) Chairman Nathaniel Davis bought 3,750 shares

    of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 12th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $19.54 per share, for a total transaction of $73,275.00. Following the purchase, the chairman now directly owns 247,385 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,833,903. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link.

    A number of research firms have recently commented on LRN. Analysts at TheStreet downgraded shares of K12 to a “hold” rating in a research note to investors on Friday, October 18th. Separately, analysts at Merrill Lynch downgraded shares of K12 from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research note to investors on Monday, October 14th. Finally, analysts at Zacks downgraded shares of K12 from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research note to investors on Friday, October 11th. They now have a $17.50 price

    target on the stock. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. K12 has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $28.25.

    K12 (NYSE:LRN) traded up 3.28% on Wednesday, hitting $20.78. The stock had a trading volume of 530,906 shares. K12 has a one year low of $15.83 and a one year high of $38.14. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $22.35 and its 200-day moving average is $28.19. The company has a market cap of $758.7 million and a P/E ratio of 27.94.

    K12 (NYSE:LRN) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, November 7th. The company reported ($0.13) EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of ($0.14) by $0.01. The company had revenue of $228.40 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $227.22 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.11 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 3.3% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that K12 will post $0.80 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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    NEW K12 INC. POLLS: Parents Say Online Schools are Safe Haven for Bullied Students

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    Teasing. Threats. Pushing and punching. Spreading rumors. Social exclusion. Regardless of the form it takes, the name is the same -bullying. It’s an age-old issue that impacts too many school children, and a challenge that parents, teachers, and educators are constantly trying to address.

    In conjunction with National Bullying Prevention Month, K12 Inc. [NYSE: LRN] – a national leader in online school programs for students in kindergarten through high school – commissioned two new pieces of research that indicates that while bullying is still a widespread problem in U.S. schools, online schools are proving to be an effective solution that allows previously bullied students to thrive.

    In support of a bully-free community, K12 teachers and educators across America are also encouraging students to openly share their stories about the bullying they experienced prior to enrolling in their online school in an effort to promote kindness, compassion, and respect among students.

    In a K12-commissioned survey by Edge Research of nearly 2,000 parents with children currently enrolled in K12 online schools, 90% would recommend online schools to someone with a student dealing with bullying.

    In addition, the survey also found that 23% of all parents and 34% of middle-school parents enrolled in K12 online schools cited bullying as one of the reasons why they chose to enroll. Of parents who enrolled because their child experienced bullying:

    • 94% say that attending online school has helped address the bullying issue;
    • 95% believe their child has benefited academically;
    • 96% would recommend a K12 online school to other families whose children were experiencing bullying problems; and
    • Increasing self-confidence and students focusing more on schoolwork top the list of the ways parents think online schools help students who have dealt with bullying in the past.

    “We’ve seen a lot of kids come to K12 after suffering from bullying, and with the support and environment that we provide they have been able to be successful and flourish,” said K12’s Director of Guidance Counseling Services Laurel Barrette. “We are proud to be able to provide that opportunity to kids.”

    Results of New K12-CommissionEd Harris Interactive Poll

    In a separate K12-commissioned study conducted by Harris Interactive among more than 2,000 U.S. adults, one third of parents (33%) say they know/suspect that at least one of their children has been bullied in school. The survey also revealed that half (50%) of parents who have children under age 18 considered, or would consider, changing schools due to bullying, and of that group, 22% indicated they would consider online school.

    Prevalence of Bullying at School: When parents of school-aged children (kindergarten-twelfth grade) were surveyed, 33% either knew or strongly suspected that their child had been bullied at school. An additional 38% of parents of school-aged children (K-12) don’t think that their child(ren) have been bullied in school, but aren’t totally certain of their child’s experience. Only 28% of parents of school-aged children (K-12) are certain that their child(ren) have not been bullied at school.

    Familiarity of Concept of Online Education as Viable Way to Deal with Bullying

    When asked by Harris how familiar, if at all, they were with the concept that school-aged children can be enrolled in online education at home as a way to deal with bullying, 78% of parents of school-aged children have heard of this concept. Almost half (48%) of these parents are at least somewhat familiar with the concept and 10% are extremely familiar with the concept.

    Kindness Matters

    As part of the overall effort, K12 released a video that shows experienced teachers and educators speaking about the problems of bullying and promoting bully-free schools.

    K12 also developed printable “kindness tokens.” When teachers and/or parents see children being thoughtful or respectful, they can recognize the behavior by giving a token. With the intent of constructively fostering empathy, children can also hand tokens out to others to acknowledge when someone is being kind.

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    Through multiple channels, including on K12’s “Real Students Real Stories ” website, K12 is encouraging families to share their stories about how online schools have positively impacted their lives. Many students, including kids with special needs and learning challenges, openly share their stories of how bullying personally affected them. Others write about how they overcame bullying and have found success, positive socialization, and a new love for learning since enrolling in online schools. Below are some excerpts:

    “Being nice to people was how K12 got my attention in a snap. There are very nice people in this school. I always loved that I could make friends and not be picked on. K12 is right for me.”

    “K12 offers a safe and secure learning environment for my son.”

    “The bullying made it hard for me to trust. They scarred me. But because of my family, friends, K12 and most importantly, God, I have been able to recover and be the open, outgoing, happy person I always was deep down.”

    “K12 allows my child to stay in a safe environment, to heal emotionally and grow academically.”

    “Coming to Ohio Virtual Academy has improved my confidence dramatically in school and out of school. I am now an A and B student. My previous encounters with bulling and bad grades had shattered my confidence, and that spilled over into my social life, but OHVA helped change that.”

    “When a person isn’t constantly bullied their focus can shift to other things, like school work, real friends and grades. Learning becomes fun. You are free to be you without anyone telling you that you are worthless.”

    “In concert with National Bullying Prevention Month, K12 wanted to turn the spotlight on bullying by connecting our teachers and families together to combat the problem and find solutions,” said K12 Inc. Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Margaret Jorgensen. “We are proud that K12 provides tens of thousands of students, including many who have suffered from bullying, safe and high quality education options through our innovative online schools.”

    Survey Methodology

    The Harris Interactive survey was conducted online within the Unites States by Harris Interactive on behalf of K12 Inc. from September 13-17, 2013 among 2,044 adults ages 18 and older, among which 412 are parents of child(ren) under 18 and 327 are parents of child(ren) of school-aged children (K-12). This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Press@K12.com.

    The Edge Research survey was conducted online within the Unites States by Edge Research on behalf of K12 Inc. from September 12-16, 2013 among 1,997 K12 Inc. parents of K-8 and high school students who have returned for the 2013/14 school year, among which 1,373 are parents of K-8 students and 624 are parents of high school students. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Press(at)K12(dot)com.

    About K12 Inc.

    K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN) is the nation’s foremost provider of proprietary technology-powered online solutions for students in pre-kindergarten through high school. K12 has partnered with more than 2,000 school districts and has delivered more than 4 million courses over the past decade. K12 provides curricula, academic services and learning solutions to public schools and districts, traditional classrooms, blended school programs and families. K12 works with more than 5,000 teachers across the U.S. – the largest network of online school teachers in grades K through 12.

    The K12 program is offered through K12 partner public schools in more than two-thirds of the states and the District of Columbia, and through private schools serving students in all 50 states and more than 110 countries. More information can be found at http://www.K12.com .

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