Thursday, June 21, 2012
Ready Or Not NJ, Here Come The Virtual Charters!
Looks like Pennsylvania has caught on:
So why is this happening? Why are for-profit companies allowed to make buckets of money off of kids who aren't learning? A snippet from a K12 Inc. Earnings Conference call with wall street analysts may shed some light on why in 2011 K12 Inc.'s enrollment increased across the country by 45.7% from 67,878 to 98,890.
Amy Junker - Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc. — Analyst And then are — do Obama and Duncan, are they distinguishing at all between for-profit versus not-for-profit? Or do they seem not to care?
Ron Packard - K12 Inc. — CEO
I have not seen that distinction by either one of those two individuals. And I think it should be noted that our hybrid school in Chicago was — you know, we worked very closely with now Secretary Duncan then Superintendent of Chicago Schools to open that school. So my experience with Secretary Duncan is that he wants solutions that work for children. And it doesn’t matter to him whether it comes — whether it’s provided by a private provider or by a not-for-profit or by district. (emphasis mine)
Arne strikes yet another blow against public education. Has he not noticed that virtual charters are NOT working for children or does he just not care?