The Pasco County school board has denied an application for a virtual charter school to be run by K12, Inc. The Florida Department of Education is investigating whether the company used improperly certified teachers in Seminole County.
District staff had recommended approval of the charter, saying that the applicants had met the letter of the law. But they acknowledged the shortcomings of the company, which is under investigation by the Florida Department of Education and the SEC for issues such as using uncertified teachers. The NCAA also has stopped accepting course credits from a K12 subsidiary.
Such issues raised red flags for board members. Alison Crumbley made the motion to deny the application, despite the administration’s recommendation.
“They are very serious concerns … that need to be resolved … before the students in Pasco County are exposed to this,” Crumbley said.