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Forum set on K12 Inc. online charter school

Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

GENEVA – Northern Illinois Jobs With Justice will host an informational meeting on a company seeking to establish a virtual online charter school serving 18 Fox Valley school districts.

The forum is from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the First Congregational Church of Geneva, 321 Hamilton St.

K12 Inc., a Wall Street-traded company, is the company that Virtual Learning Solutions contracts with to provide the educational content of its online schools.

The forum is in advance of public hearings scheduled at 18 Fox Valley school districts, including two Monday in Kaneland District 302 and St. Charles District 303 and one Tuesday at Batavia District 101.

The applicant seeks to have a single joint charter school established for all 18 districts. It would be funded from the local districts.

While researching K12, Jobs with Justice found a story from Tennessee about K12 telling teachers to “delete bad grades.” 

The lawmaker featured in the story, Tennessee State Rep. Gloria Johnson, has agreed to join the group in launching a campaign to keep K12 from receiving Illinois school taxes.

After the informational meeting, Jobs with Justice will work with people who want to attend school board meetings and hearings and speak against K12.

Randall Greenway, vice president of school development for K12, said after staff from the school testified at a legislative hearing, “all accusations were dropped” in Tennessee.

“The company does not remove failing grades,” Greenway said.

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