One of the least discussed destructive decisions made by the General Assembly last year was the approval of a budget provision that opened the door to for profit virtual charter schools in North Carolina.
And it didn’t take long for a company to try to take advantage of the new law. Officials with K12, Inc. convinced the Cabarrus County Board of Education in January to vote to partner with the company to set up a virtual charter in the state.
Virtual charters have a spotty record overall and K12 is an especially questionable company. An audit of K12’s virtual charter in Colorado found the state paid $800,000 to the company for students who never enrolled or lived out of state.
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