K 12 Inc.'s Virtual Teaching Under Investigation

Sep 12, 2012

Florida's Department of Education has launched an investigation of K-12 - the nation's largest online educator.

The problem? There are allegations that the company used uncertified teachers and asked it's employees to cover up the practice.

WUSF's Craig Kopp talked with State Impact reporter O'Connor about K-12. 

The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting also worked on this story.

The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and StateImpact Florida have learned the state of Florida is investigating the nation’s largest online educator.

Florida’s Department of Education has launched an investigation of K12, over allegations it is using uncertified teachers and asking employees to cover it up.

K12 officials asked certified teachers to sign class rosters which included students they hadn’t taught, according to documents that are part of the investigation.

Starting next fall, higher education funding will be based in part on performance.

Funding for state universities has been based in large part on student enrollment.

Next year, funding will be based on a formula that measures a university's performance.

Andy Ford is president of the Florida Education Association, a teachers union representing pre-K through graduate school educators.

He says professors are worried their paychecks will soon be tied to performance, like public school teachers.

The Florida board of education today elected board member and Duval County public school advocate Gary Chartrand to take over as Chairman.

Current Chair Kathleen Shanahan of Tampa is stepping down in order to devote more time to her new business.

Chartrand says he’s honored to take over as her replacement.

Chartrand is the head of a large sales and marketing company…as well as the chairman of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, or J-PEF.

He was appointed to the Florida Board of Education in May 2011 by Governor Rick Scott.

College Debt Scares Students Away

Sep 6, 2012

Broward Community College has seen a 40% drop in students taking out federally subsidized loans.

This summer the youth advocacy group Generation Opportunity surveyed 18-29 year olds in Florida about loans and college.

About 65% said its more important to have a full time job at graduation than to have low student loan interest rates.