Thursday, February 2, 2012

Luna Allies Accused of Stretching Truth on Virtual Learning Achievement

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 3:10 PM

The Idaho Statesman's Dan Popkey reports that top executives of K12, which operates the Idaho Virtual Academy, have been slapped with a class-action lawsuit, alleging the company used deceptive recruiting practices and stretched the truth when boasting about student performance.

Popkey refers to a Washington Post report that said K12 CEO Ron Packard and CFO Harry Hawks were named in the suit, filed in federal court on Monday by a shareholder, raising questions about the effectiveness of virtual schools.

Idaho Virtual Academy boasts 2,930 Gem State students, receiving $12.8 million in state funds in FY 2010. Additionally, Packard, Hawks and K12 employees made campaign donations to Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's 2010 election campaign.

A New York Times investigation, published Dec. 12, revealed inconsistencies when reconciling K12 student achievement and statements made by Packard.

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