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K12 is the nation's largest online education company. A preliminary Florida Department of Education investigation found the company used three teachers who were not properly certified for their subject.

Investigating the Largest Online Educator - K12

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A series of emails led Seminole County school officials to question K12's teachers.

The emails laid out the case: Teachers in Seminole County Florida were concerned online educator K12, Inc. was using their names – and teaching certifications – for students they had not taught.

In one, a K12 teacher told company officials she was being asked to sign a roster of more than 100 students when she had taught only a half-dozen.

Another showed one-third of parents surveyed told Seminole County school district officials that the K12 teacher listed had not actually taught their children.

K12 is the nation’s largest online education company and operates in more than 40 Florida school districts. The quality of K12 schools and whether the company cuts corners to increase profits have been questioned across the country.

Seminole County investigated, turning over a trove of emails and other documents to state investigators. We published those documents and confirmed the state was investigating the company. School districts have raised additional questions about K12’s operations across Florida, including class sizes and curriculum.

The series is a partnership between StateImpact Florida and the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.

 

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Recording: K12 Managers Admit Difficulties Hiring Certified Teachers In Florida

A 2009 recording shows online educator K12 had difficulty hiring properly certified teachers in Florida. A draft state investigation found no evidence the company used teachers who were not Florida-certified, but used three teachers who were not subject certified.

In 2009, managers at online education company K12 were having a tough time hiring Florida teachers. State law requires teachers are certified in their subject area and by the state. So when a K12 teacher saw her name listed on company documents as teaching Florida classes she had not taught, she asked her managers about [...]

Listen To K12 Managers Explain Florida Teacher Hiring Issues

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In 2009, teachers with online education company K12, Inc. were concerned about “water cooler talk” that their teaching certifications were used without their knowledge, including in Florida. Company managers held a series of phone calls with staff to explain the situation, including admitting that a teacher’s name showed up on a roster of Florida teachers [...]

Internal Recording Reveals K12 Inc. Struggled to Comply With Florida Law

K12 is the nation's largest online education company and served Florida students in 43 school districts.

The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and StateImpact Florida have obtained internal emails and a recording of a company meeting that provide new insight into allegations that K12 Inc., the nation’s largest online education company, uses teachers in Florida who do not have all of the required state certifications. Last month, a draft report by [...]

State Review Finds K12 Teacher Certification Problems

K12 is the nation's largest online education company and served Florida students in 43 school districts.

An inquiry by the Florida Department of Education’s Inspector General found that online educator K12 Inc. employed three teachers in Florida who lacked proper certification to teach some subjects, according to a draft report. Virginia-based K12 is the nation’s largest operator of online schools. K12 operates in 43 Florida school districts, including in Miami-Dade, Broward, [...]

Read The Florida Department of Education Investigator’s Report On K12, Inc.

A series of emails led Seminole County school officials to question K12's teachers.

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Read K12, Inc. and Seminole County Schools’ Response To State Investigation

Attorneys for K12, Inc. and Seminole County schools have responded to a preliminary report by a Florida Department of Education investigator.

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A screenshot of the Florida Virtual Academy website. The schools are affiliated with K12, Inc. the Florida Department of Education is investigating whether the company used improperly certified teachers in Seminole County.

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Tennessee Lawmakers Question Online Educator K12 Inc.

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Georgia Threatens To Close K12-run Online Charter School

The Georgia Department of Education is threatening to close the Georgia Cyber Academy, run by K12, over concerns about special education services.

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