Online learning provider K12 faces class-action lawsuit

Key among these allegations is that, although Packard stated that the test results from one of its largest online schools, Agora Cyber Charter, were “significantly higher than a typical school on state administered tests for growth,” data released weeks earlier showed “that 42 percent of Agora students tested on grade level or better in math, compared with 75 percent of students statewide. And 52 percent of Agora students had hit the mark in reading, compared with 72 percent statewide.”

The article suggested that students’ poorer performance was because K12 “tries to squeeze profits from public school dollars by raising enrollment, increasing teacher workload, and lowering standards.”

Other allegations said K12 doesn’t provide adequate support for students, yet it collects millions of dollars in profits from its schools. One anonymous source in the article states that “these folks are fundamentally trying to do to public education what the banks did with home mortgages.”

Both Agora Cyber Charter and K12 have released statements adamantly denying the Times’ allegations and calling the article “unfair and one-sided.”

Packard and K12 say the article aims to undermine virtual learning and its benefits to students. In a response posted on Flypaper, a blog for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, Packard said:

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