In the September issue of eSchool News, there was an article titled "ED grants to Bennett's K12 Inc. challenged," which discussed the use of federal grant funds to establish the Arkansas Virtual Academy (see http://www.eschoolnews.com/). According to the article, the school--which uses curriculum supplied by former Education Secretary William J. Bennett's for-profit company, K12 Inc.--has received $4 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Education's (ED's) Voluntary Public Choice Program. But the Arkansas project scored lower in the review process than at least one other project that wasn't funded. According to ED insiders, this is a "highly...

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