Brevard Public Schools Verifying K12 Teachers

Published on September 14, 2012. Tags: Brevard Public Schools , Florida Today , K12 , Trevor Aaronson

By Trevor Aaronson
Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

Brevard Public Schools has launched a review of K12 records to ensure that teacher names the for-profit online educator provided to school administrators are accurate, according to reporting by Florida Today .

Related

Coverage of K12 by FCIR and StateImpact Florida.

The Brevard review comes after the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and StateImpact Florida reported that the Department of Education is investigating K12 for allegedly using improperly certified teachers, in violation of state law, and then asking employees to cover up this practice.

Florida Today reported:

“We take this very seriously,” Brevard Spokeswoman Michelle Irwin told FLORIDA TODAY. “If parents have concerns, we want them to contact us. We will work with them.

About 55 Space Coast students are currently enrolled in online classes with the K12 company through Brevard Virtual. Parents have the choice of which online provider to use, and the district also offers online classes taught by their own employees.

Volusia County Schools announced a similar audit of K12.

What K12 Told Investors About Florida’s Investigation

Published on September 13, 2012. Tags: Florida Department of Education , John O’Connor , K12 , Ron Packard , Seminole County

By John O’Connor
StateImpact Florida

K12, Inc. held a conference call with investors this morning to announce its earnings.

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Coverage of K12 by FCIR and StateImpact Florida.

Ron Packard, founder and CEO of the nation’s largest online education firm, started the call with a statement about the Florida Department of Education investigating whether the company used improperly certified teachers in Seminole County schools.

Packard said K12 always uses Florida-certified teachers, but the company’s internal review found “minor mistakes” in matching grade and course certifications to students.

Packard said the story has been wrapped in an “unbelievable amount of rumor-mongering and absurd extrapolations.

His statement in full:

First, all teachers teaching Seminole County students were Florida-certified. In our internal review we have only identified minor mistakes in matching the appropriate grade and course certifications with specific students in courses.

Second, the emails at issue did not reflect our teacher assignment policies, practices and controls. We believe the allegations resulted from both a mismatch in the timing of assignments with the reporting deadlines. And more fundamentally, a misunderstanding by its author of the process used to generate the report in question in the Seminole materials.

Third, we have shared and walked through all the internal supporting documentation for those teacher assignments with the (Inspector General’s) office and cooperated in every way.

Beyond that, the results of our internal investigation concluded there’s not evidence to support the conclusions drawn in the Seminole-submitted materials about teacher certification. It would be inappropriate for me to comment further while the (Inspector General’s) office is still in the process of the investigation.

Given the unbelievable amount of rumor-mongering and absurd extrapolations that some seem to be drawing from this isolated incident, I thought I would take a minute to elucidate our teacher hiring process.

When K12 hires a teacher or recommends to one of our customers or partners the hiring of a teacher, we have a three-step process to ensure appropriate certification.

First, when the position is posted the applicant must check the appropriate certifications and today they have.

Second, for those recommended for potential hire, we retain a third-party vendor that conducts background checks including verifying the current certification status with the relevant state and any other record related to that teacher with the Department of Education.

Third, when a hire is finalized the teacher must submit a current copy of his or her state certifications with the returned and signed offer letter.

As for the ongoing assignments of teachers and students to courses, again, our policy and expectation is full compliance with all state certification and (No Child Left Behind) laws.

To accomplish this we have a combination of staff and systems responsible for the actual course assignments to properly match teachers, courses and state certifications.

At the managed schools this is accomplished at the school level and is also checked by the state as part of the audit process that all of our schools regularly go through and which has not raised any significant teacher certification issues in any state …

While we have been an innovation engine in education and broken down barriers in order to help students, we have always gone to great lengths to comply with all regulations and always will as it part of our culture.

Virtual charter school off of legislative radar … for the moment

Post on May 14, 2013 by Sarah Ovaska 1 Comment »

K12, Inc. bumped into another stumbling block in its attempt to break into North Carolina’s public education market, with a state legislator saying he will forgo legislation to put an online charter school’s application back in front of the State Board of Education.

State Rep. Jon Hardister, R-Greensboro, said he will pull language in a proposed committee substitute for House Bill 273 that references a virtual charter school application put forth by N.C. Learns, a non-profit organization that hoped to open up a charter school run by K12, Inc..

K12, Inc. is a Virginia-based company that runs online schools in 32 states, and attributes nearly 85 percent of its revenue to public dollars. Online, or virtual schools, allow students to take their classes through their home computers, instead of attending school through traditional classrooms. http://thetruthaboutk12.com//wp-content/uploads/2015/09/

The K12, Inc.-focused language was expected to be introduced at today’s House Education Committee.

At last week’s meeting, a proposed committee substitute that would have granted an automatic opening to the school was passed out before the committee meeting. Hardister took the issue off the day’s agenda after lobbyists for public education and a charter school group raised concerns with him about the proposed school.

“There are some questions that we need to answer about virtual charter schools before we move forward,” Hardister wrote in an email Monday about holding off on K12 legislation.

Among Hardister’s questions are whether state laws need to specifically state virtual charter schools can operate and what type of funding the schools should get, given that they don’t have the same type of overheard that schools with physical locations have.

“Clearly, virtual charter schools will not require the same level of funding as brick-and-mortar charter schools,” Hardister said.

Questions have been raised by critics about whether the company is more focused on finding profits for its Wall Street investors than delivering a quality education to schoolchildren. (The New York Times ran this lengthy piece in December 2011 about the issue.)

The company has had mixed results in other states, including Tennessee where the school performed well below the state average and in Colorado where graduation rates were in the teens. (North Carolina’s four-year graduation rate, to offer some comparison, is at 80 percent.)

K12 Management Discusses Q3 2013 Results – Earnings Call Transcript

May 3 2013, 15:10 | about: LRN

K12 (LRN ) Q3 2013 Earnings Call May 3, 2013 8:30 AM ET

Operator

Good day, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the Q3 2013 K12 Inc. Earnings Conference Call. My name is Catherine, and I will be your operator for today. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this call is being recorded for replay purposes. I would like to turn the call over to Christi Parker, Vice President of Investor Relations. Please proceed, ma’am.

Christina L. Parker Vice President of Investor Relations

Thank you, and good morning. Welcome to K12’s Third Quarter Fiscal 2013 Earnings Conference Call. Before we begin, the company would like to remind you that statements made during this conference call that are not historical facts may be considered forward-looking statements made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied.

In addition, this conference call contains time-sensitive information that reflects management’s best analysis only as of the day of this live call. K12 does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.

For further information concerning issues that could materially affect financial performance related to forward-looking statements, please refer to our filings with the SEC. These filings can be found on the Investor Relations section of our website at www.k12.com.

In addition to disclosing results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S., or GAAP, we will discuss certain information that is considered non-GAAP financial information. A reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial information to the most closely comparable GAAP information was included in our earnings release and is also posted on our website. This call is open to the public and is being webcast. The call will be available for replay on our website for 60 days.

With me on today’s call is Nate Davis, Executive Chairman; Ron Packard, Founder and Chief Executive Officer; Tim Murray, President and Chief Operating Officer; and Harry Hawks, Chief Financial Officer. Following our prepared remarks, we will answer any questions you may have. I would now like to turn the call over to Nate.

Nathaniel Alonzo Davis – Executive Chairman, Member of Audit Committee and Member of Compensation Committee

Good morning. Thank you for joining us today. Since joining the executive team, I’ve gained a deep perspective and understanding of our strengths and our challenges as a company leading the transformation to online education solutions for students in Pre-K to high school. As the industry leader, K12 often takes the brunt of assaults for online education as our integrity and our effectiveness are sometimes questioned. This is to be expected. But I’m very proud of our employees, their resolve and all that we accomplished even in the face of these challenges. This quarter highlighted 2 important examples of the real truth about K12 and what we stand for and what we believe in.

In early March, we announced that after reviewing more than 1 million pages of discovery, the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit against the company, voluntarily and permanently dismissed the claims it made about the academic performance and educational quality of K12 Managed Schools, a very powerful indication [ph] of the company. And just last week, the draft reported the Florida Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General conclusively established that the primary allegations made by Seminole County Public Schools were unsubstantiated. K12 did not implement a system to intentionally avoid Florida’s teacher certification requirements. And that report found only a few record-keeping and reporting errors. We’ve already improved and implemented changes in our student data management system and teacher-training procedures to make improvements.