K12 Inc., “The Dog Ate My Data” in Valley View Too

by , posted on Monday, April 1st, 2013 at 10:55 am

After making 16 similar presentations at public hearings over the course of 10 days in the Fox Valley, and receiving hundreds of tough questions, K12 Inc. finally showed up with a panel of executives.  I counted seven K12 Inc. executives, one attorney, and three board members from Virtual Learning Solutions.  They were all nicely dressed in business attire, their PowerPoint had new graphics, and their data was still non existent. K12 Inc. had 10 days to do their homework and once again failed to produce any substance.

Photo from D356U K12 Inc. Public Hearing - March 27, 2013

For almost three hours the D365U School Board kept pushing for data, substance and explanations about K12’s questionable history of grade doctoring, cover-ups, lawsuits, scandals and investor settlements.  The board was phenomenal, and Dr. Vince Gaddis (NIJwJ Steering Committee member) drove it home in a “worth the watch 12 speech” below the fold.

Elleyn Fortino writes an excellent recap of the Valley View hearing at Progress Illinois and the Bollingbrook Patch captures many of the same board member sentiments.

Update 4.1.13:

NIJwJ Steering Committee member, Hale Landes writes to inform me that K12 Inc. has not submitted any answers to the attorney’s questions that were asked during the D204 public hearing.

On March 18th 2013 Indian Prairie School District 204 held a public hearing on the proposal for a virtual charter school in our (and 17 other) school district. At that time there were many questions asked by the Board that were left unanswered by the representative of the for profit K 12 inc. The Board requested that K 12 provide their answers in writing by March 22nd 2013. As of today, March 31st 2013 the IPSD 204 Board still does not have those answers.

The Board will vote on this issue at their meeting on Monday April 8th 2013 at 7pm. I expect the Board will vote NO. It seems likely that all Boards involved will vote no.

As IVCS@FRV & K 12 have said in their proposal to the IPSD 204 Board, if the Board votes against their proposal they will appeal that to the IL Charter Commission.

In light of this I feel that we should mobilize for that fight in Springfield. Follow this link if you wish to sign up via Doodle to attend an organizing meeting.


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