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Recording: K12 Managers Admit Difficulties Hiring Certified Teachers In Florida

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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 it.

During a November 2009 conference call, the managers called it a mistake they were fixing. The recording was provided by a source and none of the participants were in states which require permission to record a phone call.

Allison Cleveland, K12’s vice president of school management and services, tried to assuage concerns that teacher certifications were used without that teacher’s knowledge.

“Well I think the important thing about Florida – you are not actually teaching in Florida,” she said on the tape. “You have not had any contact with students in Florida. I mean your name being on that list was nothing but a mistake. And, it took us a couple of days to get to the bottom of that…you know, and I feel like we’ve been able to resolve it.”

Listen to the story by StateImpact Florida reporter John O’Connor.

You can listen to the whole conversation here.


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