Online School Students’ First Day of School is at Home

<i–< Idaho Technical Career Academy students return to online public
school September 6 —

August 30, 2016 05:50 PM Eastern Daylight Time

MERIDIAN, Idaho–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Students across the state of Idaho in grades K-12 will be returning to
school this fall in the comfort of their own home, having chosen to
attend the full-time, tuition-free, online public school, Idaho
Technical Career Academy (ITCA). ITCA has been operating in Idaho since

First day of school for ITCA students is September 6!

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ITCA is the state’s only career-technical education online public
charter school serving students in grades 9 through 12. Students have
the opportunity to explore four program options in key industries of
growth in the state: Business Administration, Automated Manufacturing,
Web Design, and Healthcare. The goal of ITCA is to develop a sequence of
instruction that teaches students occupational skills while ultimately
providing a pathway to job opportunities or to a technical college
program upon graduation.

The online school setting enables students in any geographic area of the
state to utilize this unique curriculum. Furthermore, the flexible
learning environment enables students to partner with professionals and
companies to apply the skills they are learning in a specific industry.

ITCA uses the award-winning K12 online curriculum to offer students in
grades K–12 an exceptional learning experience. The innovative
curriculum and technology, combined with a strong partnership between
families and teachers, creates an opportunity for teachers to focus on
each student’s academic needs, and gives a growing number of students a
powerful educational option to reach their true potential.

“ITCA is a new and exciting school option for kids in Idaho,” said Monti
Pittman, Head of School for ITCA. “The focus on career and technical
skill sets – combined with the commitment and passion of our staff –
provides our students with an amazing learning experience.”

Teachers for ITCA are Idaho-credentialed and provide instruction,
guidance and support, and interact with students and parents via email,
web-based classrooms, online discussions, phone and face-to-face

ITCA is accepting enrollments for this fall. To learn more about
enrollment requirements visit

About Idaho Technical Career Academy

Idaho Technical Career Academy (ITCA) is a full-time online public
school program that serves students in grades 9 through 12 statewide. As
part of the Idaho public school system, ITCA is tuition-free, giving
parents and families the choice to access the award-winning curriculum
and tools provided by K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN),
the nation’s largest provider of proprietary curriculum and online
education programs. For more information about ITCA, visit


Team SoapboxAnne Heavey,

Maine Virtual Academy Celebrates Start of 2016-2017 School Year

Statewide online school welcomes students back on August 29th

August 26, 2016 04:02 PM Eastern Daylight Time

AUGUSTA, Maine–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Maine Virtual Academy (MEVA),a statewide online public charter
school, will begin the 2016-2017 school year on August 29. As an online
public school program authorized by the Maine Charter School Commission,
MEVA is tuition-free for students in grades 7-12 who reside anywhere in
the state.

The first day of school for MEVA students is August 29!

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MEVA incorporates online lessons and instruction from highly qualified,
Maine-licensed teachers who monitor student progress, provide
professional insight, and work in partnership with parents. Teachers
communicate with students and parents via phone, email and the online
classroom technology in order to provide an individualized approach that
helps prepare students for post-graduation career or college success.

“At Maine Virtual Academy we ensure the success of our students through
a dedicated approach to individualized education,” said Dr. Melinda
Browne, Head of School of Maine Virtual Academy. “Our teachers work
closely with students and their families to develop an individual
learning plan, which allows each student to work at their own pace and
meet his or her academic goals. We have an exciting year ahead of us and
look forward to our students’ continued success both in class and in the
MEVA community.”

Students can chose from a diverse middle school and high school K12catalog
of courses, including many electives that are not offered in traditional
schools. Students have the freedom to progress through lessons at their
own pace, while receiving quality instruction, support, and individual
attention from teachers. The school also offers clubs, school outings,
dances and other activities to foster community.

MEVA students receive instruction from their teachers during live,
interactive online classes, as well as through recorded sessions.
Teachers are also available to students and their Learning Coachesvia
email, phone and one-on-one online instruction.

MEVA is authorized by the Maine Charter School Commission and is
governed by an independent, non-profit board of directors. The school’s
team of educators and school leaders are based at the school’s
administrative headquarters. Interested families are encouraged to visit
for more information on the school and how to enroll.

About Maine Virtual Academy

Maine Virtual Academy (MEVA) is a full-time online public school program
that serves students in grades 7 through 12. Authorized by the Maine
Charter School Commission, MEVA is available tuition-free to students in
the state of Maine and utilizes the award-winning curriculum from K12
Inc. (NYSE: LRN), the nation’s largest provider of proprietary
curriculum and online education programs for grades K-12. For more
information about MEVA, visit


Maine Virtual Academy (MEVA)Donna Savarese,

Students Head Back to School by Staying Home

<i–< School begins August 29 for online public school students

August 25, 2016 04:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time

SIMI VALLEY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Local students in the areas of Kern, Inyo, Santa Barbara and San
Bernardino will begin their first day of the 2016-17 school year on
August 29 from the comfort of their own homes, choosing to attend the
full-time, tuition-free, online public charter school California Virtual
Academy @ Maricopa (CAVA @ Maricopa).

CAVA @ Maricopa is one of 10 independent charter schools in California
that uses the K12
online curriculum
 to offer students in grades K–12 a unique learning
experience. The virtual school setting allows both advanced learners and
those students who need additional assistance the support to find the
individualized learning experience they seek. The K12 online
curriculum enables teachers, parents and the students to build an
individualized learning plan, and provides support and flexibility in
the structure of the school setting.

“The students that enroll in California Virtual Academy @ Maricopa seek
a personalized learning experience that enables them to excel and
explore their own learning style,” said Kimberly Odom, Director of
Special Education. “Each student receives quality instruction and
support in a one-on-one setting as they grow throughout the year.”

Additionally, the schools offer a unique program called Community Day
that combines the best of online learning with weekly face-to-face
interaction. During Community Days students receive instruction from
teachers in math and language arts and participate in various other
educational activities, such as PE and science fairs, while parents
receive support and network with other parents.

CAVA @ Maricopa is still accepting enrollment of students for the
2016-2017 school year. In-person and online information sessions are
being held throughout the month.

For a complete list of back to school events and information sessions or
to learn more about enrolling, visit
or call (866) 339-6787.

California Virtual Academy @ Maricopa

California Virtual Academy @ Maricopa is a tuition-free, online public
schools serving students in K-12 who are residents of Kern, Inyo, Santa
Barbara and San Bernardino counties. California-credentialed teachers
deliver lessons in an online classroom platform provided by K12 Inc.
(NYSE: LRN) with a combination of engaging online and offline
coursework—including a wide variety of books, CDs, videos, and hands-on
materials that are delivered to the student and make learning come
alive. Common household items and office supplies such as printer ink
and paper are not provided. California Virtual Academy @ Maricopa
provides opportunities for advanced learners, and prepares students to
be college and career ready at graduation. Learn more at


Team SoapboxAnne Heavey,

K12 Inc. to Present at BMO Capital Markets 16th Annual Back To School Conference

August 18, 2016 11:39 AM Eastern Daylight Time

HERNDON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), a technology-based education company and leading
provider of proprietary curriculum and online school programs for
students in pre-K through high school, today announced that it will be
presenting at the 16th Annual BMO Capital Markets Back To School
Conference. The event will take place on Thursday, September 15, 2016
and will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York, NY.

K12 joins the online learning community on that day in marking the
first-ever National Online Learning Day (
The community of online learners is rapidly growing as student and
teacher engagement expands beyond the boundaries of traditional
learning. Online learning opens up new avenues of exploration and is
available to all learners, from pre-school to college and beyond.
Students can study almost any subject- anywhere, anytime. National
Online Learning Day is dedicated to showcasing the accomplishments of
online students and educators.

Stuart Udell, K12’s Chief Executive Officer will be presenting at 3:45
p.m. Eastern and both he, and James Rhyu, Chief Financial Officer will
be hosting meetings with institutional investors throughout the day. If
you wish to schedule a meeting with the Company, please contact your BMO
Capital Markets representative or Mike Kraft, Vice President Finance.

About K12 Inc.

K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN)
is driving innovation and advancing the quality of education by
delivering state-of-the-art, digital learning platforms and technology
to students and school districts across the globe. K12’s award winning
curriculum serves over 2,000 schools and school districts and has
delivered more than four million courses over the past decade. K12 is a
company of educators with the nation’s largest network of K-12 online
school teachers, providing instruction, academic services, and learning
solutions to public schools and districts, traditional classrooms,
blended school programs, and directly to families. The K12program
is offered through K12partner public schools in 33
states and the District of Columbia, and through private schools serving
students in all 50 states and more than 100 countries. More information
can be found at


K12 Inc.Investor and Press Contact:Mike Kraft,

Letter: Flex can’t continue without K12 funds


Letter: Flex can’t continue without K12 funds


Editor’s note: The letter below was sent July 26 to the families of students attending Silicon Valley Flex, located on Jarvis Drive in Morgan Hill. The letter has been edited for length and style.

Dear Flex Families,

It is with heavy hearts and the deepest of regrets that we make this announcement. After extensive deliberation, and after exploring every option available to us, the Flex Board has made the decision to close the school.

K12, the school’s service provider who managed and operated the school for the board for the last five years, terminated its service contract with Flex on July 1, five years early. While the board disagrees with K12’s grounds to terminate the service contract, it cannot operate the school without K12’s financial support, and does not have alternative funding for the school. Please note that the K12 staff supporting the school are working hard to assist with this transition.

While this late notice is very unfortunate, the Flex Board does not have sufficient funds to operate the school this year without K12, and attempting to begin the school year without a sound economic base would inevitably result in closure mid-year, thus forcing staff and students out at a point which would be much worse.

Silicon Valley Flex has served its students and families well for the past five years, and our sincere hope was to find a way to ensure it could continue to do so. Sadly, in the past week it became clear that we are simply out of options and can wait no longer to notify our staff and our families.

We know that you have many questions and we are working as quickly as we can to get you the answers you deserve. Over the next two weeks, members of the leadership team and representatives from our partner, K12, will be onsite to meet with you to discuss next steps and other options available to you. We appreciate K12’s effort in this regard. We have also included some Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom of this letter to address some preliminary questions that we anticipate you’ll have.

We want to hear from you directly and to answer any questions you have. School and K12 representatives will be onsite July 27 from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. and again on July 28 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. For those who are unable to join us this week, we will be available next week from Tuesday through Thursday as well.


Mark Kushner, Board President

On Behalf of the Silicon Valley Flex Board of Trustees

Charter Groups Call Out Virtual Schools

In August 2014, there were 135 full-time virtual charter schools operating in 23 states and the District of Columbia.

A coalition of charter school advocates banded together Thursday to take a shot at some of their own – virtual charter schools – and urged state policymakers to tighten regulations on their lesser-known school-choice stepsisters, which have come under fire for poor student performance.

“When national groups that advocate for and champion charter schools question the impact of virtual charter schools on student achievement, policymakers should take note,” said Chad Aldis, vice president for Ohio policy and advocacy with the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a conservative-leaning education policy organization.


Propping Up the School-to-Prison Pipeline

The groups – the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now and the National Association of Charter School Authorizers – published a set of sweeping recommendations for how states should overhaul their virtual charter schools, complete with calls for shuttering the poorest performers.

Among the many detailed recommendations, the groups called on states to set minimum academic performance standards for virtual charter schools whose charters are in the process of being renewed, and for enforcement mechanisms to ensure that all charter schools, including full-time virtual charter schools, meet those minimums.

In addition, the groups recommended that states create a method to hold charter authorizers accountable for results, and said an entity should be tasked with regularly monitoring those authorizers’ performance. States should also require charter authorizers to show via annual audits that they are using all of their oversight money for oversight functions.

“These provisions are tailored to the unique problems that have emerged among too many full-time virtual charter schools, which require states to enact significant policy changes,” said Todd Ziebarth, senior vice president for state advocacy and support at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

Best High Schools: Top Charter Schools]

Greg Richmond, president and CEO of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, urged those bodies also to work within existing state policy frameworks to close chronically low-performing virtual charter schools.

“Authorizers have a legal and a moral responsibility to close chronically low-performing charter schools of any kind, including full-time virtual charter schools,” he said. “In many cases, this would not require a change to state law.”


STEM Should Be Part of Every Pre-K Program

As of August 2014, there were 135 full-time virtual charter schools operating in 23 states and the District of Columbia – about twice as many as in 2008 – and serving approximately 180,000 students. A majority of the schools are run by for-profit organizations and serve large numbers of poor and white students.

The recommendations come on the heels of reports by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes, the Center on Reinventing Public Education and Mathematica Policy Research that showed when compared with their classroom-based traditional public school counterparts, full-time virtual charter schools fail across multiple metrics.

For example, in math and reading in a given year, full-time virtual charter school students learn essentially no math compared with their peers in classroom-based traditional public schools, according to the Center for Research on Education Outcomes report. In fact, students in virtual charters, the report showed, experienced the equivalent of 180 fewer days of learning in math and 72 fewer days of learning in reading in comparison with traditional public school students.

Moreover, all subgroups of students enrolled in virtual schools – including when students are broken down by race, economic background and native language, as well as students in special education – reportedly perform worse in terms of academic growth than their classroom-based peers.

“If traditional public schools were producing such results, we would rightly be outraged,” the groups charged in their set of recommendation. “We should not feel any different just because these are charter schools.”


The View From a Testing Giant

The recommendations underscore that there is a place for virtual charter schools, especially for rural students seeking to avoid a lengthy bus ride, home- or hospital-bound youth who want to stay in school despite an illness, and high school students looking for an alternative to dropping out.

Still, the groups called on state policymakers to ensure the sector is more tightly monitored so students are not slipping through the cracks.

“A few states have opted to simply ban full-time virtual charter schools, but this solution risks limiting parental choice without giving otherwise high-performing virtual charter schools a chance to operate,” said Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. “This is why we need a better regulatory framework to govern full-time virtual charter schools.”

Eight states do not allow full-time virtual charter schools, according to the alliance report: Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Virginia.

Currently, enrollment in full-time virtual charter schools is highly concentrated in three states – Ohio, Pennsylvania and California – which collectively enroll over half of full-time virtual charter school students nationwide, according to National Alliance research.

In Ohio alone, some schools enroll upward of 10,000 students.

“If Ohio leaders are serious about improving student outcomes for virtual-school students, they’d be wise to consider these recommendations,” Aldis said.

K12 Hits New 1-Year Low at $10.74 (LRN)

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K12 (NYSE:LRN)’s share price hit a new 52-week low on Tuesday , reports. The company traded as low as $10.74 and last traded at $10.77, with a volume of 97,340 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $11.30.

Separately, analysts at Barrington Research downgraded shares of K12 from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 9th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $20.00.

The stock’s 50-day moving average is $11.95 and its 200-day moving average is $17.03. The company has a market cap of $387.7 million and a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.78.

K12 (NYSE:LRN) last released its earnings data on Thursday, October 30th. The company reported ($0.18) EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of ($0.20) by $0.02. The company had revenue of $236.70 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $233.99 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted ($0.13) earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 3.6% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts expect that K12 will post $0.63 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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

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Los Angeles Parents Succeed in Getting Their Middle School Expanded to New High School

Parents at the Julian Nava Academy in South Los Angeles loved their middle school. They worried about their children moving on to a high school where they might get less attention, where the education would not be as good as it had been at Nava Academy. So the parents organized, met with the principal, met with the district administrator, and won permission to open a new high school, called Nava College Preparatory Academy.


The school opened this fall, and the parents remain engaged with it. Its first class has 300 students, and it will eventually grow to 1100 students. Note there was no parent trigger, no confrontation between parents and educators. The parents loved the school they had, they wanted more of it, they made their case, and they won.

via Diane Ravitch’s blog

Company Short Term Price Targets: K12 Inc , Henry Schein | FiCo

Company Short Term Price Targets: K12 Inc , Henry Schein

K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN) stock has received a short term price target of $ 14 from 1 Analyst. The share price can be expected to fluctuate from the mean short term target, can be seen from the standard deviation reading of $0. The higher estimate of target price is $14 , while the lower price target estimate is $14.K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN) has posted gains of 1.3% or 0.15 points. After opening at $11.6, the shares hit an intraday high of $11.77 and an intraday low of $11.34, before closing the session at $11.65. The shares had closed the previous session at $11.5. The volume recorded at the end of the day stood at 436,035 shares. Traders and speculators must note that K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN) has a 52-week high of $26.2. The company has a market cap of $446 million with the total number of outstanding shares at 38,289,000. The 52-week low of the price is $11.48.

Henry Schein (NASDAQ:HSIC): 8 analysts have set the short term price target of Henry Schein (NASDAQ:HSIC) at $130.75. The standard deviation of short term price target has been estimated at $20.33, implying that the actual price may fluctuate by this value. The higher and the lower price estimates are $ 156 and $87 respectively..Henry Schein (NASDAQ:HSIC) faced a 0.01% cut in its share price in the most recent trading session. Bearish sentiments were clearly visible in the counter as the shares, which had opened at $136.53, failed to make any significant gains due to the relentless selling pressure, which saw the share price drop to $136.19. The last trade was registered at $137.18, down 0.02 points, and the volume was measured at 434,799 shares. The shares had closed the previous day trading session at $137.2. The company has a market cap of $11,553 million and the 52-week high of the share price is $138.22.