Half of NC school boards now lined up against virtual charter

At least 60 public school boards have joined a legal action seeking to stop a Wall Street-run virtual charter school from opening in the state. That number is expected to climb in coming weeks.

The N.C. Virtual Academy, which will have its curriculum and day-to-day management provide by K12, Inc., is slated to open this fall after an administrative judge ruled that the N.C. State Board of Education erred by not handling the charter school’s application in a timely manner.

The state is appealing that decision, and joining them in opposition are the N.C. School Boards Association. A Wake County Superior Court judge will hear the appeal the week of June 25.

Sixty of the state’s 115 school boards have passed resolutions joining the litigation, largely out of concerns about funding and the quality of education offered by the full-time school that teaches children from their home computers.

The News & Observer reported today that the  school board for the largest school district, Wake County, voted 5-4 this week to join the lawsuit.

From the N&O article:

A majority of North Carolina school systems, including Wake County, are joining the State Board of Education’s effort to prevent the opening of an online charter school that could divert more than $34 million a year in taxpayer dollars away from traditional public schools.

It’s a battle that’s pitting charter school supporters and a for-profit company that would run the academy against the state’s education establishment.

In addition to being the first online charter school in the state, the North Carolina Virtual Academy is vying to be the largest charter with as many as 6,526 kindergarten through high school students from across the state, a population larger than many of the state’s school districts.

5 Comments

  1. david esmay

    June 7, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Virtual charters and school vouchers are some of the biggest conservative scams in the country today. It’s just one more way for the right to bilk the government and loot public resources.

  2. S. Solesbee, BSIT, MBA

    June 7, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    K12, Inc. is a legitimate corporation; not a scam. I have observed the misery that public school fosters in children who are nonconformists. They have two sound choices: Unschooling or high-school drop-outs. The NC K-12 education system must either face reform or a civil action lawsuit for literacy damages. For instance, the 2010-2011 home schools statistics show 45,524 alternatives who are not part of the public school grid (“North Carolina home school statistical summary: 2010-2011,” n.d.).

  3. david esmay

    June 7, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    @S., really, the Washington Post and NYT beg to differ, as does the state of Colorado. All of my kids are non-conformists, hell, they used to create anarchy in our house. All products of public schools, all but my 1st grader, in college and doing well. I have observed the inability to socialize in home schoolers and their parents effort’s to isolate them from reality. We have one choice, properly fund and support our public school systems.

  4. david esmay

    June 7, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    I’d also add that last year only 1/3 of K-12 Inc. schools met achievement goals set by No Child Left behind, 60% were behind grade level, 50% trail in reading. K-12 Inc. receives, on average 5500-6000 dollars per student from state and local governments. The Colorado Virtual Academy billed the state 800,000 for students who weren’t even attending the virtual school and were order to pay it back. Because of the NYT investigation, K-12 stock dropped prompting a class action lawsuit by shareholders, because this is what they really are about, profits, and selling stock. That is why William Bennett, the scourge of modern education and Michael Millken, corporate raider and convicted felon started K-12, to line their pockets and the pockets of legislators who support them. It’s about money, not the education of our children.

  5. Frank Burns

    June 7, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    It’s too bad that school boards don’t like charter schools, they better get used to them as that is what the public wants. Parents insist on choices.