Florida probes online school company over teachers

The largest operator of online schools in the United States is being investigated by the Florida Department of Education over allegations the company may employ teachers who are not properly certified, a state official said on Tuesday, Reuters reports. K12, a company founded by former U.S. Education Secretary William Bennett, is one of a dozen for-profit companies operating full-time, online public elementary and high schools across the country. The probe was initiated after Florida’s Seminole County School District raised questions over whether K12 is using uncertified teachers in violation of state law. Jamie Mongiovi, an education department spokeswoman, confirmed the investigation, which was first reported by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting/State Impact Florida.

“However, it is not completed and a report has not been written,” Mongiovi said.

According to the report by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, state officials are also looking into allegations K12 may have asked employees to cover up any evidence it used uncertified teachers…

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